PREVIEW: Gents Make Last Road Trip at WIU
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team will make its last road trip of the 2011 regular season when it travels to play Western Illinois in a four-game set this weekend in Macomb, Ill.

The Gents are slated to begin play on Friday at 3:30 pm CT, followed by a Saturday double-header starting at Noon and a single game Sunday at Noon.

Centenary comes into the weekend series with a 9-26 overall record and a 6-13 mark in The Summit League. With the six league wins, the Gents' hopes of qualifying for the league's tournament is still intact, but the final two series will prove critical.

The Gents are coming off a weekend split at home with Southern Utah. Centenary took the second and fourth games of the series, which were sparked by two impressive pitching performances by junior Seth Lugo and sophomore Cole Thompson.

Lugo fanned 13 in the Gents' Game 2, 8-3, win, while Thompson tossed a complete game shutout, helping Centenary to a 6-0 victory in Game 4 of the series.

Four freshmen continue to pace the young offense as Mark Gillean leads the team with a .375 average. Pete Rajkovich upped his average to .344 after a .500 weekend, while RJ Talamantes is also hitting .344. Talamantes leads the league with 28 stolen bases and has a team-best 45 hits, 31 runs scored and 20 RBI. Marc Martinez is also hitting above .300 with a .302 average as he has seen action behind the plate and as designated hitter of late.

Seeing action as starters a week ago were freshman Nic Parrott (1-2, 5.94), junior Seth Lugo (3-5, 1 SV 6.59), senior Derek Dalzell (2-6, 1 SV, 5.20) and sophomore Cole Thompson (1-6, 1 SV, 7.14). Out of the pen, sophomore Kelby Langston (15 AP, 0-3, 3.41) leads the team with 15 appearances and a team-low 3.41 ERA for active pitchers.

A LOOK AT WESTERN ILLINOIS
Western Illinois is coming off of back-to-back series wins over IPFW and Southern Utah. The Fighting Leathernecks ride an 18-30 overall record and a 10-10 mark in league play. Matt Igara leads the WIU offense with a .332 average. Tom Lilja has blasted 11 home runs and paces the team with 38 RBI.

WIU looks to start Dan Russell (6-4, 3.76), Zach Sterling (5-3, 1 SV, 3.32), Alexander Zarate (3-4, 5.79) and Ryan Wachholder (1-7, 1 SV, 5.13).

SERIES HISTORY
Centenary and Western Illinois will meet for the 30th time in the school's history on Friday. Centenary currently owns the all-time series, 16-13. The Gents earned the series win a year ago at home against the Fighting Leathernecks, 2-1. Senior Derek Dalzell earned two wins in the same day for the Gents, both out of relief.

GAME COVERAGE
The Centenary-WIU series will be available via live stats at www.goleathernecks.com.

WHAT'S NEXT
Centenary will return home following the weekend series to host Oakland in the final regular season Summit League series of the year on May 19-21.