Four-game win streak at risk on the road
Thursday, March 1, 2012
ABILENE, TEXAS - Tyler Clakley and Kyle Morton lead Centenary College into this weekend's three-game American Southwest Conference series at Hardin-Simmons, hoping to extend their four-game winning streak.

Centenary (8-3, 3-0) is fresh off a three-game sweep at home over McMurry University in the conference opener last weekend, highlighted by Clakley's game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh in game two of the series. The Gents are 1-2 on the road while Hardin-Simmons (5-4, 0-0) won its only home contest this year, a 12-6 final over Southwestern Feb. 21.

Clakley's .500 average at the plate is second on the team, only to Morton's .538 mark. Morton and Clakley top the team in hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Ryan Gasporra joins Morton atop the home run tallies with three each while Clakley has dinged two bombs in 11 games.

Hardin-Simmons took two of three at the University of Texas-Dallas to open the season before downing Southwestern to improve to 3-1. The Cowboys dropped two of three at Mississippi College and split a two-game set at Arlington-Baptist Feb. 28.

Lance Nugent (1-0, 3.63 ERA) will get the nod on the bump in game one for the Gents. Nugent's last outing was a beauty as the senior hurler tossed a complete-game five-hitter. He struck out 10 batters in the 6-3 triumph over McMurry, giving up three runs, only one earned, including seven straight shutout innings to end the contest.

Game two's starter will be determined after game one, but head coach Mike Diaz said Cole Thompson will be the starter in game three.

Thompson (2-1, 4.00 ERA) threw all seven innings the 15-2 rout in the series finale against McMurry. In four games started this year, Thompson has 14 strikeouts to just seven walks and has scattered 23 hits in 18 innings of work. When Thompson starts, the Gents are 3-1, including three straight, but Thompson received a no-decision in the 6-5 win at Trinity.

The Gents return to Shehee Stadium March 6, breaking from conference for a 6 p.m. contest against Louisiana Tech to start a four-game home stand.