PREVIEW: Gents Travel to Big 12 Texas A&M
Monday, March 15, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team will tangle with #23 Texas A&M on Tuesday at 6:35 pm in College Station, Texas in its mid-week, non-conference contest. For live game action, go to

The Gents (6-6) are coming off an 11-3 win last week over Texas College where Centenary posted seven hits, led by freshman Matt Creamer and senior Michael Tompkins with a 1x3 effort and two RBI.

Junior righty David Benson (2-2) picked up in the win in relief after tossing 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs, while fanning two.

Centenary is led offensively by senior Cliff Shepard with a solid .413 clip and a team-best 19 hits, five doubles, 15 RBI, and a .696 on-base percentage. Junior Keegan Acker is also posting strong offensive numbers with a .324 average and a team-high 14 walks as the leadoff hitter, while Tompkins is consistent with a .302 mark at the plate.

Right-hander Boone Whiting owns a team-low 1.06 ERA among the starters and has thrown 17.0 innings, allowing just two earned run with a team-best 22 strikeouts. Starters David Benson and Justin Kraft are also throwing well with a 2.00 ERA and 3.86 ERA, respectively.

Dakota Robinson has been solid out of the pen all season with a team-best eight game appearances. The southpaw holds a 0.69 ERA through 13.0 innings pitched, having allowed just one earned run with 15 strikeouts. Sophomore David Perez has tossed 2.2 innings and hasn't given up a hit or run in relief.

Texas A&M enters Tueday's contest with a 13-3 overall record and an 11-2 mark on their home field with its last win coming on Sunday against #25 Washington, 6-5.

The Aggies are led at the plate by Joe Patterson and Brodie Greene each with a .444 clip and 28 hits and two home runs this season.

Righty Michael Wacha has a team-low 0.40 ERA and a 2-0 record with seven game appearances. He has allowed just one earned run in 22.2 innings of work, while striking out 33.

Centenary and Texas A&M will meet for the third time in just two seasons as the Gents played the Aggies in College Station last season, splitting the two games when Texas A&M held the #1 mark in the country.

The last time these two teams met was on February 25 in an 8-4 win for the Gents as seniors Tompkins, Shepard and Tell Ross combined for six of Centenary's 15 hits.

Projected Starters for Tuesday's Contest


RHP Justin Kraft (3.86 ERA, 1-2 W-L, 14.0 IP, 19 H, 14 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 8 SO)

Texas A&M

RHP Michael Macha (0.40 ERA, 2-0 W-L, 1 SV, 22.2 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 33 SO)

Following Tuesday's game, Centenary will travel to Clarksville, Tennessee to take on Georgia State and Austin Peay this weekend.