PREVIEW: Baseball to Play Final Home Series; Honor Seniors
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team will wrap up the 2011 regular season this week when it hosts Summit League foe, Oakland at Shehee Stadium, beginning Thursday evening.

The Gents will open the four-game set at 6 pm on Thursday. They will continue the series with a double-header on Friday at 1 pm and a single game on Saturday at Noon. Centenary will honor its two seniors, Derek Dalzell and Justin Kraft following Saturday's contest.

Centenary enters the final series with a record of 11-28 and an 8-15 mark against league opponents.

The Gents returned from a weekend split at Western Illinois, taking the first and final games of the series over the Fighting Leathernecks. Centenary posts a 7-8 record at home this season.

Leading the way offensively for the Gents are freshmen Mark Gillean (.365), Pete Rajkovich (.358) and RJ Talamantes (.343). Talamantes also leads the team in runs (33), hits (49), and stolen bases (29-34), where his is also nationally ranked as high as fourth in stolen bases per game. Junior Kyle Morton is slugging .489 and tallies a team-high 12 doubles, six home runs and 25 RBI.

On the bump, Centenary will look to starters freshman Nic
Parrott (2-2, 5.80), junior Seth Lugo (3-6, 2 SV, 5.89), senior Derek Dalzell (2-7, 1 SV, 5.48) and sophomore Cole Thompson (1-6, 1 SV, 6.68). Sophomore reliever Kelby Langston (1-3, 3.98) leads the team with 17 appearances.

Oakland is 16-30 overall and 7-17 in league play entering the final weekend of the regular season. The Golden Grizzlies are coming off an exciting 7-5, come-from-behind win at Central Michigan on Tuesday afternoon.

Leading Oakland at the plate is Aaron Wick with a .344 average. He is followed by Tim Ryan's .330 clip. Oakland looks to start Mark Leichtman (2-5, 5.40), Russell Luxton (3-4, 4.84), Greg Welke (2-7, 7.90), and Aaron Wick (4-6, 4.97) as the four-man rotation.

Centenary and Oakland will meet for the 29th time on Thursday. The Gents currently own an 18-10 edge over the Golden Grizzlies. The two teams met a year ago in Rochester, Mich. Centenary won the series, 2-1 with the final game getting rained out.

The four-game set will be available via live stats at