Gents Close Out April with a Home Game Tuesday
Monday, April 21, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Fresh off of a four-game sweep of conference foe Oakland, the Centenary baseball team will host Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., then travel to Sam Houston State on Wednesday and play at IPFW starting Friday.

 

Centenary (22-14) won its 22nd game this season on Sunday with a 14-2 victory over Oakland. Last season the Gents didn’t win their 22nd game until May 5th, when they came away with a 7-6 victory over Southern Utah in extra innings.

 

With six more victories Centenary can tie its mark for the most wins in the Ed McCann era with 28. If the Gents can rattle off 10 wins they will come away with their most wins since the 1992 season.

 

The Centenary bats are led by Cameron Penney, who is hitting .380 in 36 games, while it has five other regulars batting over .300. Designated hitter, Ryan Bernsen has had a hot bat as of late, hitting safely in 12-of-13 games. Sunday was a big day for Bernsen, as he had season-high’s in RBIs (5), hits (3), runs (3) and home runs (2).

 

Tuesday’s opponent, Arkansas-Little Rock (9-27) has some thump to its bats, as Robert Taylor leads UALR with seven home runs. Taylor is also batting .397 and is tied for the team lead in hits with Matt Apfel, who have 52 each.

 

Wednesday’s opponent, Sam Houston (25-14) is coming off a three-game sweep of Southland Conference foe McNeese State. The Bearkats have won nine of their last 12 games, which includes four straight wins at home.

 

SHSU is led offensively by Keith Stein, who is batting .400 with a team-high 66 hits, while Bobby Verbick and Seth Hammock have combined to put 21 balls over the fence. As a team the Bearkats are hitting .342 with 47 home runs and have scored 337 runs this year.

 

In Centenary’s most important games of the week, it will travel to IPFW (9-24-1, 5-7) for another pivotal four-game Summit League series. The Mastodons and Gents are tied for the third in league standings and sit four and half games back of Southern Utah for the second spot.

 

IPFW plays in-state foe Notre Dame on Wednesday for its only game during the week. The Mastodons are led by Chris Gottschallm, who is batting .397 in limited playing time, while Jared Davis tops everyday players with a .315 average.

 

All six-games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on www.gocentenary.com.