Diamond Gents return home for midweek game with Millsaps
Shreveport– The Centenary baseball team returns home on Wednesday after its seven-game West Coast road trip as the Diamond Gents are scheduled to take on the Millsaps College Majors in a non-conference contest scheduled for 5 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.
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Centenary (9-8) comes into Wednesday’s game strong after the Maroon and White finished a three-game series against the Occidental College Tigers in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with a 7-6 win. The Diamond Gents pulled off a dominating pair of wins, 16-7 and 19-3, in a doubleheader on Saturday to record their first series sweep of the season. The 16-point margin in Saturday’s DH Game 2 is Centenary’s largest this season.
The Majors (11-5) won two of three home games against Center College last weekend, punctuated by a 15-5 victory in eight innings on Sunday. The Diamond Gents played two games at the Millsaps Baseball Classic last month in Jackson, Mississippi, but did not face the Majors. Wednesday is the first meeting between the two since the 2019 season when Centenary won two of three games. Centenary is 8-4 against Millsaps. The Diamond Gents are 5-3 at home this season and 25-6 in their last 31 home games since the start of last season.
Centenary recorded 13 hits in Sunday’s 7-6 win over Occidental, scoring the 12and times the brown and white had 10 or more hits in the game and at least 13 hits seven times. The Diamond Gents have 10 or more hits in a game in six straight games and in nine of their last 10 games.
The Diamond Gents have had 10 or more hits in five straight games and in eight of their last nine games overall. Centenary has scored 10 or more points in a game this season six times, and 13 or more points five times.
Centenary currently leads the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in runs (138), hits (187), doubles (35), triples (13) and stolen bases (31) and is second in batting average (.316 ) and tied for second with seven home runs. Six Centenary players have stolen at least three bases so far this season and the Diamond Gents have been caught just eight times in 39 attempts (79%).
The Centennial offense is also one of the best in the nation through 17 games this season, as the Diamond Gents currently rank number one in Division III in hits and triples, fourth in points, tied for fourth in double and are 16 years old.and in stolen bases.
Junior RHP Parker Primeaux (Lake Charles, Louisiana) started for the Diamond Gents and picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season as he went six innings and allowed five runs, all earned, and eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 67 for strikes, and faced 27 batters, hitting one. Primeaux is currently ranked first in the SCAC in innings pitched (29) and strikeouts (36), first in appearances with seven and tied for the league lead in wins.
Five Centennial players had two hits apiece in Sunday’s win, the Diamond Gents walked five and their defense had four double plays. Centenary had two extra hits and stole a base.
Senior C Ben Bridges (Beckville, Texas) went 2-4 with a two RBI double and a walk and senior RF Luke Royle (Dodge City, Kan.) went 2-4 with an RBI single and a run Mark. Senior DH Tyler Welch (Pineville, La.) was 2-3 with three runs scored, one stolen base and one walk. Junior 2B Cole Collins (Shreveport, La.) finished 2-4 with an RBI single, triple and a run scored.
Freshman CF Cade LaBruyere (Iowa, La.) was 2-5, sophomore LF Austyn Benoit (Welsh, La.) went 1-4 with a sacrificial fly, walk and run scored, and senior 1B Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville , Texas) was 1-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Senior SS Brady Robinson (Jacksonville, Texas) went 1-3 with a pair of sacrificial bunts.
Four Diamond Gents recorded multi-hit games in the 16-7 victory in Saturday’s DH opener, led by a superb performance from Royle, who went 5-6 with four RBIs, one stolen base and three runs scored. Royle hit a two-run homer in the second, an RBI single in the fifth and a triple RBI in the seventh as he set a new career high for hits in a game.
Welch went 3-4 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs scored from the first point. Welch now has six multi-hit performances this season and has done so in four of his last six games. He matched his season-high three hits, which he has done three times so far this season.
Robinson went 2-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, a walk and a fly sacrificed. Collins was 2-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and six other Centennial players recorded at least one hit. The Diamond Gents also drew a season-high 11 walks and struck out just four. Ludwick went 1-4 with an RBI groundout, a run scored and three walks.
Benoit was 1-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk and Bridges was 1-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. Freshman 3B Blaine Miller (Lewisville, TX) went 1-3 with an RBI brace, a run scored and a pair of walks and LaBruyere was 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Ludwick started on the mound and went six innings allowing three runs, all earned, and six hits. He improved to 2-1 this season as he walked two and struck out six. RHP junior Peyton Thibodeaux (Lake Arthur, Louisiana) pitched the final two innings, allowing just one earned run on a hit with two walks and one strikeout. He faced nine batters and threw 32 pitches, 16 for strikes.
Ludwick is tied for fourth in the conference in wins and fifth in innings pitched (17.2). He and Royle are tied for second on the team in strikeouts (15) and Ludwick has made four appearances and three starts. Royle, like Ludwick, is one of the most dynamic and versatile players in the conference, and is fourth in the league and leads the team in ERA (3.22) and sixth in opponents’ batting average (. 233). He is second in the conference in innings shots (22.1) and is tied with Primeaux for the league lead in wins (3).
Centenary currently dominates the conference’s offensive rankings in a host of individual statistical categories, led by Ludwick as he leads the conference in hits (29), RBI (18), total bases (43) and ranks in the top 10 runs (14 – tied for third), batting average (.433 – fifth), field goal percentage (.506 – eighth), walks (11 tied for second), home runs (2), doubles ( 4) and slugging percentage (.642 – eighth).
Welch is currently second in runs scored (16) and seventh in OBP (.508) and hits (16). Robinson leads the league in runs (17), second in hits (21) and is tied for eighth in RBI with 11. Bridges is sixth in hits (17) and tied for eighth in RBI with Robinson (11). Collins is tied for third in runs (14) and third in RBI with 13. Senior Tyler Erickson (Houston, Texas) is third in hits (20) and 10and batting average (.364).
Bridges is second in the league with five doubles, and Collins, Robinson and Ludwick are all just behind him tied for third with four apiece. Robinson leads the league in triples (3) and Collins leads the conference with three homers while Ludwick is tied for sixth with two. Robinson is second in the league in total goals (31), Collins is tied for fourth with 27, Erickson is tied for seventh with 25, and Bridges is tied for ninth with 22. Welch leads the conference in walks (13) and Ponts and Ludwick are tied for second with 11. Collins and Welch are tied for the team lead in stolen bases with five each, which is tied for fourth in the conference .
When the Diamond Gents last appeared on their home turf on Feb. 21, they recorded back-to-back blowouts against the Alma College Scots, 13-3 and 12-2, both in seven innings to sweep a non-conference doubleheader. Centenary won three of four games in the series and finished the DH with an impressive 25 runs on 21 hits and had 44 runs and 42 hits in the series.
Centenary’s 44 points in the series are the most in a series since they also scored 44 on March 19-20 last season at Austin College (three-game series). Centenary has now scored 10 or more points in a game 23 times over the past two seasons. The Diamond Gents are averaging 8.12 points per game this season and 10.5 over their last 10 games.
Centenary will open conference play on the road this weekend as the Diamond Gents take on the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs in a three-weekend series in Seguin, Texas. The opening of the series is set for Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a DH on Saturday at noon and 3:30 p.m.
Check out the full Diamond Gents season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2021-22/schedule
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