Busy Week Ahead for Gents
Monday, March 24, 2008

SHREVEPORT – This week will start a stretch of nine games in 13 days for the Centenary baseball team. The Gents will begin the string of games with a mid-week series at Arkansas on Tuesday at 2 p.m.


Centenary (13-4) comes into the Arkansas series fresh off of a four-game sweep of Chicago State. The Gents offense was on fire last the weekend, hitting .440 and was led by this weeks Summit League Player of the Week, senior Cameron Penney, who hit .769 and was an outstanding 10-of-13 at the plate.


Also one of the keys for Centenary was playing its highly successful small ball, as it swiped 10 bases, had 12 doubles and two triples. The Gents were also able to limits their strike outs, as they were fanned just 12 times, while drawing 16 walks.


The Razorbacks (14-8) come into this week’s series having dropped seven of their last 10 games, which includes losing 2-of-3 at LSU. However, Arkansas remains a dangerous team at home, as it is 10-2.


This season, Arkansas’ offense is led by Logan Forsythe, who is hitting .368, while Aaron Murphree has hit a team-high 13 home runs. As a squad the Razorbacks have a .301 batting average and have showed some pop, smacking 37 long balls.


On the bump, Arkansas has a 4.71 ERA, while its opponents have a heavy 7.23 ERA. Leading the pitching staff is Cliff Springston, who has a quality 2.73 ERA. He also is 4-0 and has given up just 10 runs in 29 innings of work.


This weekend’s opponent, Grambling State (10-11) will visit Shehee Stadium on Saturday for a doubleheader, but will play Southland Conference foes Nicholls and McNeese State on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Gents will travel to Grambling on Sunday for a single game starting at noon.


In the Tigers last series, they took 2-of-3 from arch rival Southern and they have also won three out of their last five games.


On offense Grambling is hitting just .235 as a team, but is led by Mychal Roby, who has a .317 average in 19 games. Roby is second on the team in home runs (3) and has a team-best 16 RBIs.


The Tigers are riding the arms of three pitchers, who have all pitched gone over 27 innings. Mario Jefferson has worked the most innings (29) and is tied for the team lead in wins (3) with Ron Marshall, who has pitched 27.2 innings. 


The Gents next action will be on Tuesday when they host Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m., and then travel south to play LSU on Wednesday.