Gents Start Four-Game Series With Chicago State on Friday
Thursday, March 20, 2008

SHREVEPORT – After rain washed out the Centenary baseball teams game with Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday, the Gents will finally return to Shehee Stadium on Friday at 4 p.m. for the start of a four-game, two-day series with Chicago State.

Centenary (9-4), who last played at Texas A&M last week, is led by senior Teddy Saenz and his .415 batting average. Following Saenz in hitting is junior Jomar Tabor, who has a batting average at .396.

On the bump, senior Johnny Noland, who will get the start on Sunday, has the lowest ERA amongst the starters with a 1.50. However, game one’s starter will be sophomore Dakota Robinson, who is tied for the team lead in wins with freshman Justin Kraft – each have three.

Chicago State, (3-11) who played a four-game series with Creighton last weekend, was washed out on Tuesday when it was supposed to host Northern Illinois. The Cougars will come into the series with the Gents on a four-game slide.

Leading Chicago State at the dish is Josh Applebaum, who is hitting .438 with six home runs and 16 RBIs. Jonathan Wilson is also hitting over .400 and has two homers with five RBIs.

The Cougar pitching staff is anchored by Robert Vargas, who holds a 2-1 record, but has a 6.61 ERA in a team-high 16 innings of action. As a team, Chicago State has a 7.89 ERA, while its opponents have a good 3.53 ERA in 79 innings of work.

Following the weekend action with its former conference foe, Centenary will travel north to Arkansas for a mid-week series with the Razorbacks.