Gents prepare for SCAC Championship
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Austin College (12-28)
Centenary (LA) (25-12)
4/26/2013 | Georgetown, Texas | Attendance: 200
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Centenary (LA)603505X19200
Win: Taylor Henry (4-2) 5.063325
Loss: Takabuki (2-3) 0.156420
Schommer (AC) 202200
Ryan Gasporra (CC) 523200
Craig Littleman (CC) 413300
Nic Parrott (CC) 423300

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary baseball team opens action in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Friday, Apr. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The top seeded Gents (24-13) face the winner between the fourth seed Austin College and fifth seed Southwestern game on Thursday.

The Maroon and White clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 5-1 win over Austin College on Sunday, Apr. 14. The victory marked the seventh consecutive in SCAC action for the Gents. The Mike Diaz-led squad logged a 15-5 record in SCAC action – their first season in the conference.

The Gents posted a 4-1 record against AC this season with the lone setback coming in a 6-5 decision at Shehee Stadium. Centenary claimed all five meetings against the host Pirates outscoring SU 86-28 on the season.

Against the remainder of the field this season, the Gents claimed four of five from the conference’s preseason favorite Trinity – the second seed in the championship. The University of Dallas stood as the only SCAC member to claim the series against the Gents winning three of the five outings, including two to close conference play.

Centenary looks to end a slide that has seen the Maroon and White drop four straight to end the regular season and six of its last nine. Prior to the April slide the Gents won five in a row to end March and seven of the last 10 outings.

On the season a trio of hitters has posted a .333 or better average at the plate through 20-plus games. Jemari James’ clip of .410 leads the conference while Craig Littleman and Tyler Clakley each rank among the SCAC leaders in batting average. Littleman is hitting .385 on the season with Clakley batting .356 – third and sixth in the conference respectively.

Littleman and Clakley have proven to be multi-purpose threats at the dish for the Gents. The duo appears on eight of the SCAC’s 10 offensive categories, including hits, runs scored, doubles, triples, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Four hurlers have made 10 or more appearances on the hill this season for Gents led by Taylor Henry and Cole Thompson’s 13 this season. Layton Tromba and Paul Arecement have each tallied 12. The quartet accounts for 15 of the Gents’ 24 wins this season.

Thompson leads the pitching staff with 56 strikeouts on the season which is tied for second in the league. The Plano, Texas, native also ranks fifth among the SCAC leaders in wins with five this season while Tromba stands tied for third with six victories on the hill. Tromba sits second on the squad in strikeouts with 38 on the campaign. The duo rank second and third in innings pitched with Tromba tossing 77 innings and Thompson recording 72.1 innings. Henry ranks eighth on the list with 50 innings of work.