Play Video Huge Weekend Awaits #12 Diamond Gents against Southwestern
On the left: Paul Arcement (top) and Devin Bench (bottom). Middle: Jacob Derrickson. Right: Holden Novak (top) and Dakota Brown (bottom).
Huge Weekend Awaits #12 Diamond Gents against Southwestern
Friday, April 8, 2016
Southwestern (11-19, 6-4 SCAC)
#12 Centenary (21-7, 6-4 SCAC)
4/8/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 137
Win: Will Preston (3-1) 8.022155
Loss: Holden Novak (5-3) 6.0104442
Will Cates (SU) 513201
Ethan Hallmark (SU) 413010
Michael Schimpf (CENTBASE) 211020
Aaron Quintanilla (CENTBASE) 401100
Dakota Brown (CENTBASE) 301000

SHREVEPORT, La. – It will be an important weekend when #12 Centenary (21-6, 6-3 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) welcomes Southwestern (10-19, 5-4) to Shreveport. The Gents currently sit in third in the conference, and have a magic number of seven to clinch a Tournament berth. Southwestern sits just a game out from the Maroon and White and two games up on Dallas for the final Tournament spot.

The two teams squared off in a wild, non-conference series February 19-20 in Georgetown, Texas.  After losing to the Pirates 9-7 on Friday night, the Gents rebounded for a 13-12, extra-inning win in the first game Saturday. Freshman Colten Maples and junior Michael Schimpf both drove in a run with a single, while junior Cole Lavergne finished the game with the tying run on third in the bottom of the 10th.

Sophomore Kaleb Kirk tossed a complete game in the series finale, allowing seven hits and two runs in a Gents 5-2 win. Sophomore Chris Zapata homered while Centenary took advantage of two wild pitches and an RBI squeeze bunt.

Game 1 Recap

Game 2 & 3 Recap

Southwestern does have losses at Schreiner and Austin College, who the Gents both swept in SCAC play, but the Pirates knocked off Trinity at Trinity. The Tigers swept centenary March 25-26 in Shreveport.

While the Pirates enter the game ranked in the bottom of the third of the nation in ERA (5.97), they put up many runs. They are 61st in the nation with 178 runs, fourth in the nation in stolen bases (and first in the conference) with 75 and fifth in the nation with 20 sacrifice flies.

Individually, Will Cates is sixth in the nation in both stolen bases (23) and triples (five) and 33rd in hits (42). However, junior Michael Schimpf is second in the SCAC and 12th in the nation with 47 hits for the Gents.


Honoring the Seniors

Following the final home games on Saturday, April 9, Centenary will celebrate all of the accomplishments of a very successful senior class: Paul Arcement, Devin Bench, Dakota Brown, Jacob Derrickson, and Holden Novak. In their four seasons, this class has garnered more than 80 wins, two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, advanced to Championship Day of the conference tournament twice, and achieved a national ranking for the first time in school history.

In his first year with the Gents in 2013, Paul Arcement captured SCAC Freshman of the year honors. That kicked off a 3-year streak of Centenary claiming Conference Freshman of the Year distinction (junior Aaron Quintanilla in 2014, sophomore Chris Zapata in 2015). He also received garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference honors his sophomore season.

In his career, Paul has appeared in 37 games and made 22 starts. In 110 innings pitched, he has allowed 54 earned runs for a 4.42 ERA. According to Paul, his favorite baseball memory is “Spending summers at Shephard’s in the Shed with Jason and the boys.”

Paul is also very involved off the baseball diamond, as he is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Maroon Jackets, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a Student Ambassador. He is also an inductee of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society, the international economics honors society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Sigma Beta Delta, which honors academic achievement among students in the field of business, management and administration.

A business administration and economics major at Centenary, Paul’s future endeavors include wanting to own his own business.

Devin Bench is a four-year player who has appeared in 33 games, toeing the rubber 32 times. He holds a 4.95 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs in 40 innings of work. In his only at-bat of his career in 2014, he tallied an RBI.

Devin’s favorite memory is winning championships and celebrating with the other players.

An economics major at Centenary, he would like to work in the front office for a major league baseball team.

Dakota Brown, who has been a consistent hitter all three seasons with the Gents, has made 12 appearances on the mound in relief the past two seasons. For his career, he is 130-for-336 from the plate (.387) with 79 runs scored and 62 RBI’s. He led the team in batting average in 2014 and was named First Team All-Conference as a catcher.

He is malso the career leader for the Gents with 34 hit-by-pitches.

Dakota has thrown 25.2 innings of relief in his career and has allowed 10 earned runs for a career 3.51 ERA. In 2016, he is 2-0 with a save. He captured an SCAC Pitcher of the Week honor this season after two wins in relief against Schreiner, March 19-20.

His favorite baseball memory is simply all the friendships he has created over the years at Centenary College. He also fondly remembers hitting back-to-back home runs with former teammate Nic Parrot for his only collegiate round-tripper.

Off the field, Dakota is majoring in communication and will be attending Oklahoma State University upon graduation and pursuing a higher education degree in an agricultural field.

Jacob Derrickson appeared against nationally ranked Trinity April 19, 2014, allowing two hits and no runs in throwing the final 2.1 innings of work.

A biology major at Centenary, Jacob is a member of the AED Pre-Health and the Tri-Beta biological honor societies. Last year, he was inducted in to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete honor society.

Jacob’s future endeavors include attending the LSU Dental School to become a dentist. He will also join the army reserves this summer.

Last, Holden Novak will be making his final regular season appearance at home this weekend. Novak was an Honorable Mention All-Conference honoree in 2014 and a Second Team All-Conference member in 2015. For his career, he is tied for first in wins (22) and in the top-10 in ERA (3.38) for the Gents. He has appeared on the bump in 44 games, with 32 starts, 205 innings of work and 146 strikeouts.

This season, he holds two National Pitcher of the Week honors from and two SCAC Pitcher of the Week accolades.

Holden’s greatest baseball memory is getting to play baseball all four seasons at Centenary, and also getting a chance to play a game in Cooperstown, New York.

Off the field, Holden is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and was also one of the hosts for the conference when they came to Shreveport for the SCAC 8 in 8 for 2015-16.

A communications major, Holden intends to try to pursue a career in baseball after graduation.


Next Up

Centenary plays a big road series at current conference leader Texas Lutheran next Friday and Saturday, April 15-16. The standings could shake up this current weekend; however, as the Bulldogs square off against top-ranked Trinity in San Antonio this weekend.