Gents set to host No. 23 UT-Tyler
Thursday, April 5, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary faces arguably its toughest American Southwest Conference opponent of the season as No. 23 UT-Tyler visits Shehee Stadium in a three-game baseball series starting Friday at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Gents are 20-7 and 13-4 in the ASC while Texas-Tyler holds a 21-7 mark and an 8-4 conference record. The Gents look to snap the Patriots four-game win streak and keep them out of first in the East Division. UT-Tyler sits one game behind UT-Dallas, 9-3 in the ASC, and two games behind Concordia and McMurry, both in the West Division, for the outright ASC conference lead.

Senior hurler Lance Nugent will get the nod on the mound for Friday night’s contest while Cole Thompson is slated for Saturday’s first game. The starter for the series finale is still to be determined.

Nugent boasts a perfect 6-0 record with a 3.00 earned run average in 54 innings pitched. He’s allowed only 53 hits and 23 runs, just 18 earned. He’s fanned 45 batters compared to just 20 walks. The senior has surrendered just three home runs in 205 at-bats and stifles opposing hitters to just a .259 average.

He’s received ample support from the Gents offense, which averages just shy of eight runs per game (7.78). Tyler Clakley leads the attack with a .424 batting average, followed by Kyle Morton’s .419.

Ryan Gasporra tops the Gents charts in six offensive categories including runs (36), doubles (12), triples (2), home runs (7), total bases (74) and slugging percentage (.740). His .370 average at the plate is third on the team behind Clakley and Morton.

Hayden Chick leads the Patriots at the plate with a .404 mark, the only Patriot to top the .400 plateau. UT-Tyler has seven batters hitting better than .300, batting .329 as a unit. The Patriots offense has been more potent than the Gents attack, posting 8.3 runs per game while the defense gives up 5.4 rpg, compared to the Gents 5.3.

After the UT-Tyler series, the Gents travel to UT-Dallas for a three-game set April 13-14 before starting a five-game home stand to close the season.