Whiting Honored as Pitcher of the Year, Four Gents Named to Second Team All-League
Thursday, May 27, 2010
TULSA, Okla.-After an extremely successful regular season, five members of the Centenary baseball team were honored to the All-League team highlighted by junior Boone Whiting's Pitcher of the Year award.

Senior designated hitter Michael Tompkins, senior outfielder Cliff Shepard, junior left-hander Stephen Tromblee and sophomore righty Seth Lugo were all named Second Team All-Summit League.

Whiting received a First Team All-Summit League nod to accompany his Pitcher of the Year accolade after recording a league-leading 112 strikeouts on the year, ranking ninth in the nation. Whiting's 32 walks give him a 3.5 to one strikeout to walk ratio, while his 12.92 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fourth nationally. Of those 112 strikeouts, 62 came against league opponents.

The righty was a perfect 4-0 in the league and 6-1 on the season with a 3.23 ERA, second in the league. He also held batters to a league-low .221 batting average on the season. In 41.1 innings pitched, the Oakdale, Calif., native allowed just 17 earned runs. The junior also had one shutout and one complete game on the year, while also earning a save vs. Western Illinois on May 18.

Tompkins hit .313 during the regular season, was second-best on the team with 35 RBI and had a solid slugging percentage of .438 with five home runs primarily as Centenary's designated hitter. In the last regular season weekend at IPFW, Tompkins belted two home runs.

Shepard paced the Gents in almost every offensive category throughout the season as he hit a consistent .365, had a team-best 72 hits, 20 doubles, 48 RBI and six home runs. The senior outfielder has started and played in all 52 regular season games and was named Summit League Player of the Week earlier this season.

Tromblee was one of three Centenary pitchers to be recognized to this years All-Summit League team as he helped the Gents to a league-low 4.98 ERA in conference play. As a relief pitcher, Tromblee posted a 2-2 mark with a 5.06 ERA and a team-high four saves during league play alone.

Lugo, a right-handed starter came on strong during league play, posting a 2-1 record and a 3.34 ERA. In 29.2 innings pitched against Summit League opponents, Lugo struck out 24 batters. On the season, Lugo notched two saves in six relief appearances.

First Team

Joel Blake, South Dakota State             1B        Jr.        Langley, British Columbia

Bo Cuthbertson, Southern Utah            2B        So.       Glendale, Ariz.

Jesse Sawyer, South Dakota State        3B        Jr.        Calgary, Alberta

Tyler Saladino, Oral Roberts                 SS        Jr.        San Diego, Calif.

Nick Baligod, Oral Roberts                  OF       Jr.        Fairfield, Calif.

John Lee, South Dakota State               OF       Sr.        Mason City, Iowa

Billy Stitz, South Dakota State             OF       Jr.        Burnsville, Minn.

Taylor Shaw, Southern Utah                 C         Fr.        Pleasant View, Utah

Seth Furmanek, Oral Roberts               DH       Sr.        Gilbert, Ariz.

Joe Goldenberg, Southern Utah            UTL     Fr.        Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Bryce Smolen, Oral Roberts                 SP        Jr.        Houston, Texas

Blake Trienen, South Dakota State       SP        Jr.        Osage City, Kan.

Boone Whiting, Centenary                SP        Jr.        Oakdale, Calif.

Trever Vermeulen, SDSU                     RP       Jr.        Mitchell, S.D.

Second Team

Bucky Aona, Southern Utah                 1B        Sr.        Makakilo, Hawai'i

Tommy Jablonski, Oakland                   2B        Jr.        Rochester Hills, Mich.

Shaun VanDriessche, IPFW                 3B        Sr.        New Haven, Ind.

Eric Cain, South Dakota State              SS        So.       Littleton, Colo.

Chris Elder, Oral Roberts                     OF       Jr.        Suisun City, Calif.

Cliff Shepard, Centenary                   OF       Sr.       Anthem, Ariz.

Joey Winecki, Oral Roberts                  OF       Jr.        Bryant, Ark.

Zach Briggs, South Dakota State          C         So.       Dallas, Texas

Michael Tompkins, Centenary         DH      Sr.       College Place, Wash.

Jason Summers, Western Illinois        UTL     Sr.        Kent, Wash.

Matt LaMothe, Oakland                       SP        So.       Troy, Mich.

Seth Lugo, Centenary                        SP        So.       Bossier City, La.

Zach Wentz, North Dakota State          SP        So.       Bismarck, N.D.

Stephen Tromblee, Centenary          RP       Jr.        Columbus, Texas


Player of the Year,                    Tyler Saladino, Oral Roberts

Pitcher of the Year,                Boone Whiting, Centenary

Newcomer of the Year
          Tyler Saladino, Oral Roberts

Coach of the Year
                 Ritchie Price, South Dakota State

No. 3 seed Centenary will open play during The Summit League tournament on Thursday at 7:00 pm against No. 2 seed Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. All game action can be followed at www.orugoldeneagles.com.