Gents wrap up road play at UT-Dallas
Thursday, April 12, 2012

RICHARDSON, Texas – After suffering its first American Southwest Conference series loss of the season, Centenary looks to rebound Friday night at 2 p.m. to begin a three-game conference baseball series against UT-Dallas.

Centenary (21-9, 14-6) dropped the first two games against No. 23 UT-Tyler before pounding 18 hits and plating 12 runs against the Patriots in the series finale. It was the first series the Gentsdropped since dropping two of three to No. 4 Trinity Feb. 14-15, who was the top team in Division III until losing two of three to Southwestern last weekend.

UT-Dallas is 23-11 overall and 12-3 in ASC play, riding an eight-game winning streak into this weekend’s series, which wraps up with a noon doubleheader Saturday.

Kyle Morton and Tyler Clakley battle for the team’s lead in batting average as Morton (.426) edges Clakley’s .423 mark, the only two above the .400 mark while seven Gents are batting better then .300. Ryan Gasporra is hitting .369, leading the team in runs (38), doubles (14), triples (2) and total bases (80). Morton’s eight home runs and 33 RBIs lead the Gents, along with his .733 slugging percentage.

Senior pitcher Lance Nugent will get the nod Friday afternoon, looking to improve on his 6-1 record. His only loss came in the series opener against UT-Tyler last weekend. The senior is 5-1 in ASC contests with a staggering 2.66 earned run average. He’s fanned 44 batters in 50 2/3 innings, scattering 49 hits. He holds opponents to a measly .254 average at the plate.

Cole Thompson (4-2) is scheduled to start in game two, holding a 3-2 mark in conference games. He boasts a 3.86 ERA, striking out 35 opposing batters in 39 2/3 innings. His three complete games in league play leads the team, followed by Nugent’s lone complete-game effort. Chase Clarke is expected to start the series finale and olds a 1-0 mark with a 6.00 ERA. He’s received the one decision in five appearances and four league starts.

After the weekend series, the Gents wrap up the season with a five-game home stand starting next Friday against LeTourneau at Shehee Stadium before hosting LSUS April 24 for a midweek doubleheader.