Gents Blast into Rankings, Novak Grabs Second National Honor of 2016
Sophomore Jackie Allen went seven innings and was apart of a shared shutout against Austin College this weekend.
Gents Blast into Rankings, Novak Grabs Second National Honor of 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. After receiving votes the past few weeks, a dominate performance by the Gents placed them into a pair of rankings. In separate polls released Tuesday, March 15, the Centenary baseball team is ranked 16th by the initial American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Poll, while the Maroon and White debuted in the D3baseball.com at 24th.

Also announced today by D3baseball.com, senior Holden Novak was named a National Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. Ironically, both honors came after a complete game, 10 strikeout, three-hit contest. Novak won the award on February 9 after a dominating performance to begin the season against Louisiana College.

The Gents come in ranked 16th in the first poll of the season by the ABCA with 176 points. They are 2-1 this season against ranked foes, having beaten #20 Texas-Tyler twice, but lost with the winning run at the plate against #2 Birmingham Southern February 14.

Centenary is 24th in the D3baseball.com poll, just one point ahead of Rutgers-Camden. Texas-Tyler, whom the Maroon and White have beaten twice, is ranked 18th. Fellow conference-member Trinity, who visits Shreveport March 25-26, sits second in the D3baseball.com poll and third in the ABCA rankings.

To go along with his national accolades, this is also the second time Novak grabbed SCAC Pitcher of the Week honors. This weekend in a 4-0 win against Austin College, he threw 101 pitches in the game, 73 for strikes, and faced the minimum number of hitters in 5-of-9 innings. He only allowed one runner past second base in nine innings of work.

Novak leads the SCAC, with fellow sophomore Jackie Allen, with four wins for the season. Novak ranks second in the conference with 34 strikeouts.

Centenary returns to action Friday, March 18, for a three-game set with Schreiner. First pitch of game one is set for 2 p.m.