Sophomore Connor Cudd, who leads the team with a 5-2 record, also took over the Diamond Gents top spot in saves, tallying a save in all three games this past weekend to receive Centenary Athlete of the Week honors after Centenary's critical Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep of Schreiner April 5-6.
In the Gents 4-1 victory against Schreiner in the first game Friday, Cudd threw the final 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk for his first save of the season. In the top of the seventh with two outs and the tying run at the plate, Cudd got the Mountaineers batter to hit a fly ball to the Gents bullpen in foul territory. Junior Bryce Kozeny made a nice catch to end the Schreiner threat. Cudd only allowed a single in the final two innings.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader Friday, he entered with the tying run on base with no outs. He allowed a walk, but a sacrifice bunt and an unusual 1-3-6 double play ended the ballgame as the Gents held on for the 6-4 win.
In the Diamond Gents thrilling 9-7 victory Saturday, in which Centenary rallied from a 6-0 deficit, Cudd threw the final two innings for the save. After retiring the side in the eighth, Schreiner scored a run in the ninth after two perfectly placed hits to the outfield. However, a nice play by senior Andrew Russell on a sharp hit ball to short ended the game and completed the sweep.
Centenary closes out the 2019 home slate this weekend, April 12-13, when it welcomes nationally-ranked Texas Lutheran to Shehee Stadium. First pitch of Friday's contest is set for 6 p.m. with a doubleheader on Saturday set for 1 p.m. Following the twinbill, the Gents will recognize four seniors for all of their contributions to Centenary athletics.
2018-19 Centenary Athletes of the Week
April 10, 2019 - Connor Cudd, Gents Baseball
March 28, 2019 - Preston Ludwick, Gents Baseball
March 18, 2019 - Sydney Hurley, Ladies Softball
March 11, 2019 - Cami Bea Austin, Ladies Gymnastics
March 6, 2019 - Kendall Sanders, Ladies Gymnastics
February 25, 2019 - Peyton Cormane, Gents Baseball
February 18, 2019 - Kaylin Swoboda, Ladies Swimming
February 11, 2019 - Treylan Matthews, Gents Basketball
February 4, 2019 - Navia Jordan, Ladies Gymnastics
January 28, 2019 - Kendall Sanders, Ladies Gymnastics
January 21, 2019 - Navia Jordan, Ladies Gymnastics
January 14, 2019 - Cedric Harris, Gents Basketball
January 7, 2019 - Bre Frierson, Ladies Basketball
December 31, 2018 - Cedric Harris, Gents Basketball
December 20, 2018 - Ty Prince, Gents Basketball
December 3, 2018 - Miguel Vasquez, Gents Swimming
November 26, 2018 - Deunya Small, Ladies Basketball
November 19, 2018 - Kaharri Carter, Gents Basketball
November 12, 2018 - Miguel Vasquez, Gents Swimming
November 5, 2018 - Brianna Serret, Ladies Swimming
October 29, 2018 - Hailey Lawson, Ladies Volleyball
October 22, 2018 - Kyra Montes, Ladies Soccer & Miguel Vasquez, Gents Swimming
October 15, 2018 - Rachel Demerjian, Ladies Volleyball
October 8, 2018 - Kyra Montes, Ladies Soccer
October 1, 2018 - Brittany Risner, Ladies Volleyball
September 24, 2018 - Marissa Sandoval, Ladies Volleyball
September 17, 2018 - Rachel Demerjian, Ladies Volleyball
September 10, 2018 - Kyra Montes, Ladies Soccer
September 4, 2018 - Veronica Dougherty, Ladies Soccer