Aaron Fitt of Baseball America Blogs about the Gents
Friday, March 13, 2009
Back In The Highlander Life Again



As usual, Tuesday’s action featured a handful of upsets, none more notable than Kansas State winning 6-2 at Arizona State. The 11-2 Wildcats are clearly a much-improved team from a year ago, but who would have thought they’d go to Tempe and beat first-team All-American Mike Leake? To be fair, Leake turned in another strong outing for ASU, allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits over seven innings, but the Wildcats broke it open with four in the eighth against reliever Mitchell Lambson. Meanwhile, Kansas State junior righthander A.J. Morris kept the Sun Devils at bay, allowing just two runs on five hits (and working around five walks) over 8 1/3 innings. Morris, who went 4-4, 6.04 as a sophomore last year, rebounded by leading the West Coast League in strikeouts (57 in 53 innings) and ranking as the league’s No. 4 prospect. Looks like that strong summer was no fluke.

One other significant upset: the Gentlemen have done it again. Centenary handed then-No. 1 Texas A&M its first loss of the season on Feb. 25, and yesterday the Gents upended their second ranked team of the season, beating Arkansas 8-3 behind a strong outing from Boone Whiting (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9K). In case you’re wondering, Whiting is not the same Gentleman who beat the Aggies–that was Joe Hagan (though Whiting did strike out 10 over four scoreless, one-hit innings of relief in a loss the previous day against A&M). We’ll see how Centenary’s arms hold up in a four-game series against another powerhouse in April, when the Gents visit Oral Roberts.

And Cal State Fullerton won Tuesday’s big showdown in College Station, exploding for eight runs in the ninth inning to put away a 15-5 win at Texas A&M. "That’s the best offense I’ve seen in a long time, one through nine, in their commitment to their game plan and their two-strike approach," Aggies coach Rob Childress told the (Bryan-College Station, Texas) Eagle about the Titans.