Gents and Hogs Meet For Two Games
Monday, March 9, 2009

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team will attempt to take down another top 25 team this season as the 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks come to town for a two-game series starting on Tuesday.


The Gents are coming off of a doubleheader sweep of  Jackson State, where they were led by Tell Ross, who hit .667 and Michael Tompkins’ two home runs. The starting pitching for Centenary was anchored by junior Dakota Robinson and sophomore Justin Kraft, who combined to strike out 17 batters and scatter just 10 hits.


Scheduled to take the bump for the Gents against Arkansas is sophomore Boone Whiting on Tuesday  and Stephen Tromblee on Wednesday. Whiting in two appearances has a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings and has a team-high 19 strike outs. Tromblee, meanwhile, has started once and hasn’t allowed a run in 7.1 innings.


The Hogs come into the mid-week series winners of 6-of-7, having lost to California on Saturday 12-6. Arkansas played Centenary’s Summit League foe Western Illinois on Feb. 27 and had to come back to win 8-7.


Offensively for the Razorbacks, Andy Wilkins and Ben Tschepikow lead the team in home runs with four and three respectively. Chase Leavitt doesn’t add the power, but is hitting a team-best .419 with seven RBIs.


Stephen Richards leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA in six appearances. However, Drew Smyly is the ace of the staff with a 1.32 ERA in three starts to go along with 11 strikeouts.


Following the series with Arkansas, Centenary will play Jarvis Christian in a single game on Friday at 6 p.m.