Diamond Gents Rise in Polls after Undefeated Week
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – After falling in both the D3baseball.com/NCBWA and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) polls last week, Centenary baseball (21-6, 6-3 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) is back on the rise after victories in four-straight games against I-20 foes. Centenary knocked off LeTourneau 9-5 on March 29 to close the month 8-3.

This past weekend, the Gents swept its final non-conference series against East Texas Baptist, winning Friday night 6-3 and sweeping the Saturday doubleheader 5-1 and 8-1.

After dropping four spots to 16th in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll on March 29, the Maroon and White reclaimed the number 12 ranking. The Gents garnered 162 points, 22 more than regional-rival and 13th-ranked Texas-Tyler, who Centenary has already beaten twice this season. The Gents and Patriots square off a final regular season meeting Tuesday, April 29, in Tyler, Texas.

Centenary jumped five spots in the ABCA poll to 15th with 228 votes, three votes ahead of Salisbury (Maryland) and a single vote behind 14th-ranked Amherst (Massachusetts).

The Gents fell in the polls last week after being swept by top-ranked Trinity, but regained momentum after trailing LeTourneau 5-2 in the sixth. However, the Gents scored six runs to flip the score. Junior Cole Lavergne added his second home run of 2016 in the seventh to cap the four-run win.

The Tigers entered the weekend series as the best team in NCAA Division III in home runs, but Gents starting pitching went 25.2 out of a possible 27 innings and allowed only five runs (three earned). Sophomore Kaleb Kirk threw his third complete game and captured his conference-leading sixth in the series finale.

Freshman Matthew Devillier came out of the bullpen to record a strikeout in game one of the double header Saturday for his fifth save of the season.

The Gents, sitting third in the SCAC standings, host an important series against Southwestern (9-19, 5-4 SCAC) in the final home regular season games for Centenary of the season. The Pirates currently hold the final Conference Tournament slot, sitting in fourth at just a game behind the Maroon and White.