Gents break from ASC play to host in-state foe
Monday, March 5, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary takes a break from American Southwest Conference play to host in-state rival Louisiana Tech at Shehee Stadium Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The Gents are coming off a road series win against Hardin-Simmons, improving to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in league play. La. Tech is 8-5 after its 0-2 start, but has alternated wins in its last five contests.

Tyler Clakley and Kyle Morton remain atop the team’s batting charts with .500 and .490 averages, respectively. Clakley has pounded 25 hits in 50 at bats, driving in 15 RBIs, second only to Morton’s 19. Clakley also leads the team in total bases (40), on-base percentage (.597), doubles (9) and slugging percentage (.800).

The Gents defense was as impressive as the offense during the six-game winning streak, which was snapped by Hardin-Simmons in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. In that span, Centenary scored nearly eight runs per game while allowing only three.

Lance Nugent spearheaded the pitching attack during the run with a 2-0 mark, including a complete-game effort against McMurry Feb. 24, the second of six straight wins. The senior threw 16 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts to just four walks with a 2.16 earned run average. He isn’t the only hurler imposing his will.

Chase Clarke improved to 2-0 after 4 2/3 innings against Hardin-Simmons Saturday afternoon, giving up just one hit. Taylor Henry picked up his fourth save after 2 1/3 one-hit, scoreless frames.

This is the first of four consecutive home games for Centenary, which will host East Texas Baptist for a three-game set starting March 9 at 6 p.m., followed by a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.