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#16/24 Centenary Readies for Second SCAC Series with Schreiner
Thursday, March 17, 2016
#16 Centenary (17-3, 4-0 SCAC)
Schreiner (5-16, 0-4 SCAC)
3/18/2016 | Kerrville, Texas | Attendance: 210
Win: Dakota Brown (1-0) 2.120011
Loss: Charlie Stewart (0-1) 2.012201
Michael Schimpf (CENTBASE) 523300
Dakota Brown (CENTBASE) 413300
Ian Graham (CENTBASE) 613000
Sam Pistrui (SCHBSB) 714100

KERRVILLE, Texas – The Centenary Gents baseball team (14-3, 3-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) returns to the field Friday, March 18, to kick off a three-game series with Schreiner (5-15, 0-3 SCAC).

The two teams played a non-conference series February 26-27 in Shreveport, with the Gents taking 2-of-3.

Feb. 26 Boxscore – Centenary 3, Schreiner 1

Feb. 27 Boxscore Game 1 – Centenary 7, Schreiner 1 

Feb. 27 Boxscore Game 2 – Schreiner 11, Centenary 8

While Centenary won the series, the Gents fell in the finale thanks to four critical errors. In fact, no team has scored more runs against the Maroon and White in a non-extra inning games this season. The Gents have not lost a game since.

Since the loss, Centenary has won four games in a row by shutout to begin March, including an 8-0 victory against then-17 UT Tyler. In 34 innings of work this month, Centenary pitching has given up no runs on 17 hits, 26 strikeouts, and only three runners past second base.


And the Accolades Rolled In

Centenary broke in to the rankings this weekend, as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) ranked the Gents 16th in its initial regular season rankings. put the Maroon and White 24th after multiple weeks receiving votes.

Senior starting pitcher Holden Novak was also named a National Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

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For the second time this season, the Gents swept the SCAC Player of the Week awards.

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National Rankings

In this early part of the season, Centenary ranks among the best teams in the nation in numerous statistical categories. While it took a month to record their first shutout, the Gents are now leading the nation with four for the season.

Behind senior Dakota Brown’s seven hit by pitches (sixth in nation) and junior Captain Shreve-graduate Michael Schimpf’s six (19th in nation), the Gents are second in the nation, having been plunked 33 times.

Small ball is a staple of the Gents, as they rank seventh in the nation in both stolen bases (41) and sacrifice bunts (22).

Both  Schimpf and sophomore Chris Zapata have reached safely in all 17 games this season and are on a 11-game hitting streak. Schimpf leads the team and the SCAC with a .431 batting average.


Next Up

Following the series deep in the heart of Texas, Centenary returns to action next weekend when it welcomes second-ranked Trinity to Shehee Stadium. It will be the first game of a 10-game homestand. First pitch Friday, March 25, is scheduled for 6 p.m.