#6 Centenary Wraps Up Regular Season with Familiar Foe
Friday, April 21, 2017
Louisiana College (18-16)
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#6 Centenary (LA) (30-6)
4/21/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 137
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Win: Kaleb Kirk (8-3) 7.053321
Loss: Austin Thompson (2-4) 6.0138502
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Steven Pizano (LC) 202000
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SHREVEPORT, La. – After wrapping up regular season Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play last weekend with a sweep of Southwestern – the fourth conference sweep of the season – the #6 Centenary Gents (29-6) close out regular season play against Pelican State-rival Louisiana College (18-15).

The teams will play a pair of doubleheaders with a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning contest. The two teams will play at Shehee Stadium Friday night, April 21, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. The teams will finish the weekend with a doubleheader in Pineville with first pitch at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Live Stats | Live Video – April 21

Live Stats – April 22

 

Zapata Honored by SCAC, Joins Kirk as Conference Players of the Week

While a Gent has been named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week four times earlier this season, the NCAA Division III leader in RBI’s was named to the team as a catcher after a successful weekend at Southwestern.

He went 10-for-13 with nine RBI’s, four doubles, and two home runs. He managed at least three hits in all three games in the sweep of the Pirates. In game one, he went 4-for-5 with four RBI’s and a run scored, three doubles, and one home run in a 7-1 Gents win.

In a doubleheader Saturday, Zapata hit 6-for-8 combined with a double, home run, five RBI’s, and two runs scored to help Centenary wrap up the Conference Title with 5-2 and 12-2 wins.

The conference honors were the fourth for Kirk and the third for Zapata in 2017. In a complete game win Friday night, Kirk allowed just one run and four hits while striking out 11 – his third double-digit strikeout outing of the season. Kirk now sits second in the SCAC and 10th in the nation with 74 strikeouts this season.

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Quick look at the SCAC Tournament

While the Gents are done with conference play, plenty of intrigue will take part among conference foes this weekend in the run-up to the SCAC Tournament at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, April 28-30.

Centenary, at 15-3, has already wrapped up the outright SCAC Regular Season title and will be the first seed. Texas Lutheran sits second at 11-4 and hosts Southwestern for three games Friday and Saturday. With a win for the Bulldogs or a loss by Trinity, Texas Lutheran will be the second seed.

A Trinity win or two Southwestern losses will clinch a Tournament berth for the Tigers. If Trinity sweeps Austin College and Southwestern sweeps Texas Lutheran, Trinity will be the second seed and Texas Lutheran the third. Trinity is 9-6 in SCAC play.

There is a scenario where Southwestern can take the third seed. If Southwestern wins the series with Texas Lutheran and Austin College sweeps Trinity, Southwestern is the third seed (Austin College would be four and Trinity out of the tournament).

The Pirates currently hold a 7-8 SCAC record.

Finally, if Austin College sweeps Trinity and Southwestern loses the series against Texas Lutheran, Austin College is the third seed and Trinity is the fourth.

Austin College is the fourth seed if they win 2-of-3 against Trinity and Southwestern is swept. The ‘Roos are currently on the outside looking in for the SCAC Tournament with a 6-9 record.

 

Snapshot: NCAA Stats

Centenary continues to lead the nation in runs scored with 331, one of only two teams in the nation (Salisbury, 305) with more than 300 runs scored. The Maroon and White also lead the nation with seven shutouts and 26 triples. They rank second in doubles (86), third in slugging percentage (.528), fourth in on-base percentage (.439), batting average (.349), runs per game (9.5, 0.1 runs behind leader Suffolk), and hits (410), fifth in hit by pitches (66), and seventh in both sacrifice flies (24) and earned run average (3.00).

 

 

Record-breaking year

Besides Centenary having the highest scoring inning in program history (17, third inning of game one against Northland College March 5) and the longest win streak in program history (16), many individuals are recording their names in the record books among the best seasons and careers in Centenary history:

 

Season:

RBI’s

  1. Todd Wilson (1990) 64
  2. Ken Kaveny (1991) 60
  3. David Wyss (1991) 59
  4. Blake Adkinson (2004) 58

         B.J. Grenda (2001) 58

         David Turkoly (1995) 58

         Chris Zapata (2017) 58

 

Hit by Pitch

  1. Ralph Hicks (1999) 17
  2. Jomar Tabor (2008) 16

           Dakota Brown (2016) 16

  1. Dan Lazarou (2012) 15

           Michael Schimpf (2014) 15

  1. Kyle Crookes (1999) 14

          Michael Schimpf (2017) 14

Games Won

  1. Matthew Devillier (2017) 10
  2. Brian Tarbet (1988) 9

          Jeremy Hadley (1994) 9

          Jake Haney (1999) 9

          Justin Kraft (2008) 9

         Kaleb Kirk (2016) 9

Saves

  1. Taylor Henry (2015) 9
  2. Matthew Devillier (2016) 6
  3. Cole Lavergne (2017) 6

 

Career:

Batting Average

5.     Jim Kubik (1983-84) .380

6.     Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) .364

7.     Sonny Gaea (1994-95) .363

Hits

1.     Tony Cardone (2001-04) 236

2.     Bobby Gilliam (2000-04) 226

3.     Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 208

4.     Ricky Slade (1978-81) 186

5.     Brian Stier (1992-94) 295

6.     Alex Maldonado (2005-08) 178

7.     Mitch Ashmore (1978-80) 177

8.     Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 174

9.     Andy Watson (1979-82) 171

10.     Jeff Schaffert (2009-12) 166

....

         Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 163    

Runs

1.     Bobby Gilliam (2000-04) 184

2.     Michael Schimpf (2017-pres.) 158

3.     Dennis Traynor (1989-91) 141

4.     Brian Stier (1992-94) 122

5.     Andy Watson (1979-82) 121

        Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 121

7.     Sonny Gaea (1994-95) 118

        Ricky Slade (1978-81) 118

        

Doubles

3.       David Turkoly (1994-97) 35

          Jeff Schaffert (2009-12) 35

5.       Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 38

6.      Dustin Brandon (1996-97) 33

         Ricky Slade (1978-81) 33

         Cliff Shepard (2009-10) 33

 

9.      B.J. Grenda (2001-02) 32

         Alex Maldonado (2005-08) 32

        Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 32

...

       Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 31

Triples

1.      Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 9  

2.      Dustin Brandon (1996-97) 8

         Mitch Ashmore (1978-80) 8

         Bill Schmidt (1977-78) 8

         Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 8

6.     Jason Chick (2000-01) 7

        David Coss (1979-82) 7

        Larry Haas (1976-77) 7      

9.     Justin Huff (2006-07) 6

        Tim Ryan (2005-06) 6

        David Kiefer (2005-06) 6

        Nic Parrott (2011-14) 6

Total Bases

4.      Andy Watson (1979-82) 287

5.      Bobby Gilliam (200-04) 283

6.      Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 280

7.      Ken Kaveny (1991-92) 275

8.      Mitch Ashmore (1978-80) 270

9.      Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 254

10.    Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 247

...

RBI’s

3.     Mitch Ashmore (1978-80) 134

4.        Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 128

5.     David Turkoly (1994-96) 119

6.     Jeff Schaeffert (2009-12) 115

7.     Tony Cardone (2001-04) 113

8.     Alex Maldonado (2005-08) 112

9.     Ken Kaveny (1991-92) 110

        Andy Watson (1979-82) 110

      Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 110

Walks

6.     David Coss (1979-82) 94

        Matt Webb (2006-07) 94

8.     Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 90

9.     David Turkoly (1994-96) 89

Hit By Pitch

1.     Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 50

2.     Dakota Brown (2012-16) 37

3.     Marc Martinez (2011-14) 30 

Stolen Bases

4.     Patrick Beale (2002-03) 46

5.     Bill Schmidt (1977-78) 44

       Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 44

7.     Roy Gilbert (1986-88) 43

8.     Matt Webb (2006-07) 41

9.     Matt Creamer (2010-13) 40

10.   Dustin Brandon (1996-97) 37

        Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 37

Wins

3.     Ken Marks (1979-82) 20

        Justin Kraft (2008-11) 20

5.      Kaleb Kirk (2015-pres.) 19

6.     Robert Lozano (1988-91) 18

        Kevin Cassidy (2000-04) 18

        Taylor Henry (2012-15) 18

9.     George Fauber (1982-85) 16

ERA

2.     Charles Kirby (1974-76) 2.65

3.     Kaleb Kirk (2015-pres.) 2.83

Strikeouts

  1. Trey Poland (1995-96) 171
  2. Kirk Tolson (1977-80) 170
  3. Tom Schneider (1991-93) 165
  4. Kaleb Kirk (2015-pres.) 165

 

Next Up

Centenary returns to action Friday, April 28, for the first round of the 2017 SCAC Baseball Tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas. Follow @CentGents on twitter for updated times and information when it becomes available.