#24 Gents Heads to Texas Lutheran for 2016 SCAC Baseball Tournament
Thursday, April 28, 2016
#24 Centenary (26-12)
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#3 Trinity (33-7)
4/29/2016 | Seguin, Texas | Attendance: 435
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Win: Chris Tate (3-0) 4.085425
Loss: Matthew Devillier (0-1) 1.122240
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Michael Schimpf (CENTBASE) 513201
Connor Moore (TUBB) 413100

SEGUIN, Texas – It will be a very busy weekend for #24 Centenary baseball (26-11) when it looks to dodge raindrops and capture the automatic bid for the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament when it travels to Seguin, Texas, for the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, hosted by Texas Lutheran.

Barring rain expected in the Seguin area, the host and top-seeded Bulldogs takes on Southwestern Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. #24 and third-seeded Centenary takes on #2 and second-seeded Trinity (32-7) at 4:30 p.m.

Live Stats for all tournament games

Live Video for all tournament games

 

Flashback to the Series

It was a showdown in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 25-26 when top-ranked Trinity faced off against the #12 Gents in a three-game series. Trinity swept the three games by a combined 35-11 score.

Junior Michael Schimpf led the Gents with a 6-for-11 weekend with a run scored and RBI on a solo shot to lead off the third game of the series, the first of two leadoff home runs for Schimpf this season.

Centenary retired the side in order in the first inning in all three games, including senior Holden Novak striking out all three batters in game one. However, Trinity’s Jose Santos came up with an out in the first two games and recorded the Tigers first hit and eventual run. For the weekend, Santos went 8-for-13 (.615 average) with five runs scored, two doubles, two RBI’s and a home run.

Trinity hit six home runs in the series, led by two each Andrew Waters and Jeremy Wolf. Outside of his two round-trippers, Waters was 2-for-10 with a trio of strikeouts for the weekend.

While Centenary’s starters went 0-3, the Tigers bullpen lifted Trinity. Through the first two games, neither Trinity starter went more than three innings. Starter Teddy Turner went six innings in the series finale, allowing three hits and four runs (two earned) in six innings of work.

A key for the Gents may be getting past the second inning. Centenary allowed multiple runs in that frame in all three games, including six in the first game of the series alone.

Game 1 Recap: Trinity 11, Centenary 4

Game 2 (Trinity 13, Centenary 3) and Game 3 (Trinity 11, Centenary 3) Recap

 

Among the Rankings

Centenary has been at its best all season when it has been able to play small ball. The Gents are fourth in the nation with 66 hit by pitches and ninth in the NCAA with 48 sacrifice bunts. However, the Gents pitching staff does allow many hits as opposing teams are averaging double-digit base knocks per nine innings.

Sophomore Kaleb Kirk (9-4) is second in the nation and leads the SCAC with nine wins. In fact, Kirk is in the unusual situation where he has a decision in all 13 games he has taken the mound. Kirk’s nine wins on the season is tied for the most victories in a season in program history.

Sophomore Ian Graham and freshman Colten Maples are third and eighth in the nation with 13 and 11 sacrifice bunts, respectively.

Senior Dakota Brown ranks third in the nation in hit by pitch, having been plunked 16 times.

Schimpf ranks 23rd in hits (60), 29th in runs (43) and 76th in batting average (.417) in the country.

 

Not Giving Up Outs

Not many runs score after the first two batters of an inning are retired. However, Centenary does not go quietly when facing the situation.

The Gents have scored at least a run when the first two batters have been successfully retired in 13-of-37 games during the 2016 season. The Maroon and White have scored more than 10 percent (27) of its runs on the season in this situation. Centenary is 10-3 in such games.

Of course, the assumption would be that Centenary has scored most of those runs with hitting a home run. However, only 4-of-13 of those occasions has been because of the long ball. The Gents scored multiple runs 8-of-13 times.

That includes March 25 against Trinity in the third inning of the opening game of the series. However, the Gents went on to fall 11-4.

 

Schedule

Regardless of the outcome, Centenary will take on either top-seeded Texas Lutheran or fourth-seeded Southwestern. If the Gents win, they battle the winner of that game at noon on Saturday, April 30. If the Maroon and White lose to the Tigers, they will return to action Saturday at 3:30 p.m.