Trio of Diamond Gents Named All-Region by ABCA
Juniior Michael Schimpf (left) and sophomores Chris Zapata (center) and Kaleb Kirk (right) named All-Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Trio of Diamond Gents Named All-Region by ABCA
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – The All-Region accolades continue to come in for the Diamond Gents. Junior Michael Schimpf and sophomore Chris Zapata grabbed Second Team All-West Region honors, while sophomore Kaleb Kirk seized Third Team accolades, announced the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Wednesday, May 25.

This makes the second All-Region award for Schimpf as an outfielderin 2016, as he was named Third Team All-Region by D3Baseball.com on Monday. Other honors this season for Schimpf includes an All-Tournament nod by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Academic All-District distinction from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Schimpf and Kirk (starting pitcher) received First Team All-Conference accolades, while Zapata was named Second Team All-Conference as a catcher, in a vote by the conference coaches following the 2016 regular season.

Schimpf leads the SCAC in 2016 with a .425 batting average – a mark that ranks 35th in the nation.  He also sits fourth in the conference in both hits (65) and third runs (45).

From February 14-March 26, Schimpf tallied a 17-game hitting streak. The streak included eight-straight games with at least a pair of base hits.

Zapata led the team and ranked fifth in the SCAC in both RBI’s (43) and home runs (five). He also led the team with 16 doubles, ranking second in the conference. Zapata tallied a 13-game hitting streak in his own right during the middle of the season and led the team in multi-hit (19) and multi-RBI (14) games.

From behind the dish, Zapata threw out .397 percent (29-of-73) of base runners attempting to steal to lead the conference.

Kirk finished the season with a 9-4 record, leading the SCAC and ranking 14th in the nation in wins. He sits second in the conference in complete games (four), third in strikeouts (60) and sixth in ERA (3.20). During the middle of the season, Kirk threw 17.2 consecutive shutout innings while going 3-0 to begin the month of March for the Gents.

Kirk’s nine wins is tied for the most victories in the single-season Gents annals.  

Centenary baseball finished the season 26-13 and was ranked as high as 12th in the nation by D3Baseball and the ABCA, a program-best mark.