Littleman, Arcement and Diaz headline 10 All-SCAC selections
Friday, April 26, 2013

GEORGETOWN, Texas – Centenary’s Craig Littleman, Paul Arcement, and head coach Mike Diaz headline the Gents’ All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selections as 10 members were named to the all-conference team announced by the SCAC on Friday evening.

The Maroon and White placed 10 players on the All-SCAC Team as third basemen, Littleman was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, pitcher, Arcement was tabbed Co-Freshman of the Year and Diaz selected Co-Coach of the Year.

The 10 all-conference selections are the most since 2009 when six Gents were named to the All-Summitt League Team.

Joining the trio on the all-conference list were catcher Ryan Gasporra, shortstop Matt Creamer, outfielders Tyler Clakley and Christian Sebastien, designated hitter Jemari James and pitcher Layton Tromba and Cole Thompson.

Littleman, a senior third baseman from Lechee, Ariz., ranked in eight offensive categories during the regular season, including batting average (.385 – third in the SCAC), slugging percentage (.585 – third), on-base percentage (.457 – fourth), total bases (76 – tied for third), hits (50 – fifth), runs batted in (31 – tied for fourth), doubles (15 – third) and triples (4 – tied for third). Littleman, who was the SCAC Player of the Week in Week 8, recorded 14 multiple hit games and six multi-RBI efforts during the regular season and registered the longest hit streak on the team at 11 games.

Arcement, a right-hander from Shreveport, La., made 12 appearances for the Gents this season, including seven starts. He finished the regular season with an earned run average of 4.63 and his 22 strikeouts were the fourth most on the Centenary staff. In 35 innings of work, Arcement had a won-loss mark of 1-1 with one save.

Diaz, in his ninth season with the Gents; third as the team’s head coach, continues to successfully navigate the program with two consecutive 24-plus win seasons, including his current squad’s 24-13 mark heading into this weekend’s SCAC tournament. Diaz has piloted the Gents through three difference conferences in the last three seasons with the Summit League (2011), American Southwest Conference (2012) and this season in the SCAC. Diaz becomes just the third head coach to be so honored in his team’s first year participating in the conference – joining Rose-Hulman’s Jeff Jenkins (1999) and Austin College’s Carl Iwasaki (2007).

Trinity led the all-conference team with 11 selections, including Co-Player and Co-Coach of the Year along with Pitcher of the Year.

Centenary returns to the diamond on Saturday at 12 p.m. against second-seeded and seventh-ranked Trinity, the conference’s preseason favorite. The meeting marks the sixth this season with the Gents claiming four of the previous meetings.