Diamond Gents set for seven-game California road trip
Claremont, California – The Centenary baseball team kicks off a seven-game West Coast road trip Saturday with a non-conference game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Saturday at 12 p.m. (2 p.m. CT) at Arce Field.
Live stats and live video are available for Saturday’s match at the links below:
Centenary (6-4) comes into Saturday’s game strong offensively after recording back-to-back blowouts against the Alma College Scots on Monday, 13-3 and 12-2, both in seven innings to sweep a non-conference doubleheader at Shehee Stadium.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-2) won two of three games against Emory in Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend. The Stags opened their season with a series victory at home against George Fox. Centenary and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will meet for the first time on Saturday. The Gents and Stags will play again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. CT).
The Diamond Gents won three of four games in the series and improved to 5-3 at home, and extended their winning streak to three after Alma won Game 1 of the series on Sunday, 7-5. Centenary tied his season high with 14 hits and stole the season’s best seven bases in every DH game on Monday and added seven doubles and a triple in Game 1 and four extra hits in Game 2. match. The Maroon and White had 10 more hits in Game 2 and finished the day with an impressive 25 runs on 21 hits and totaled 44 runs and 42 hits in the series. The seven stolen bases are tied for the seventh-highest single-game total in the Division III era (since 2012). Centenary recently stole seven bases in a game twice last season.
The Diamond Gents, who are currently receiving votes (7) in the latest D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll, have improved to 25-6 in their last 31 home games since the start of last season. Centenary scored double-digit points for the third straight game and fourth time this season after Maroon and White scored 10+ points in a game 17 times last season. The browns and whites averaged more than eight points per game last season.
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). The Diamond Gents are averaging 7.2 points per game over the first 10 games this season and averaging 11.8 points per game over the past five games.
The Diamond Gents will take on La Verne University (3-1-1) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. CT) in La Verne, Calif. and again on Wednesday, March 2 at the same time. Centenary will face Occidental College (2-5-1) in a three-game series March 5-6 in Los Angeles. Centenary is 2-7 against La Verne and 3-4 against Occidental.
Centenary enters the weekend with .287 as a team with an OBP of .379 and hitting .442. The Diamond Gents have a team ERA of 4.06 and have pitched a pair of complete games. The Maroon and White had 34 extra hits with 60 RBIs and two sacrificed flies. Centenary has also been active on base runs so far, stealing 23 bases on 26 attempts to rank fifth in the nation in Division III in stolen bases, just three behind the national lead.
Senior 1B/RHP Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville, Texas) is the Diamond Gents’ leading hitter so far this season with a .405 batting average and a team-high 15 hits. He’s tied for the team lead in doubles (3) and RBI (10). Ludwick homered, stole on base and has a .452 OBP and hits .568.
Junior 2B Cole Collins (Shreveport, La.) had an incredible offensive streak against Alma as he was a scorching .428 (6-8) with three home runs, three doubles, eight RBIs, eight runs scored, three walks and three stolen bases. He was named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week earlier this week, a prestigious national honor that recognizes the best players at each of the nine positions from the previous week. Collins is the home runs team leader (3) and is second on the team with nine RBIs. He hits .538 with a .647 OBP and hits over 1,000 with three doubles and is tied for team leader in stolen bases with four.
The Cade LaBruyere (Iowa, Louisiana) freshman is off to a fantastic start to his rookie season as he hits .320 with an OBP of .414 and hits .480. LaBruyère has eight hits, eight runs, two doubles and a triple. He has nine RBIs and four stolen bases. Senior SS Brady Robinson (Jacksonville, TX) hits .293 with an OBP of .341 and a slugging percentage of .488. Robinson had 12 hits, a team-high 11 runs scored, and a team-high five extra hits (three triples and two doubles). He has five RBI and three stolen bases.
Senior C/2B Tyler Erickson (Houston, Texas) hits .289 with an OBP of .325 and hits .421. Erickson had 11 hits, six runs and eight RBIs. He has three doubles and a triple. Senior OF/DH Tyler Welch (Lake Charles, La.) is batting .333 with a .467 OBP and batting .375. Welch is tied for team leader in stolen bases with four and has eight hits and scored nine runs. He has a double, three RBIs and showed incredible patience at the plate as he walked six times while only striking out five times.
Junior RHP Parker Primeaux (Lake Charles, Louisiana) made a team-high five appearances and pitched a team-leading 17 innings. He made his first career start on the mound for the Diamond Gents in their 12-2 victory in Monday’s DH Game 2, and after allowing two runs in the first inning, Primeaux dominated as he was proceeding to a career high. seven innings and retire the top 11 career hitters.
Primeaux easily struck out the team in the second, then struck out a pair in the third and fourth innings. He retired the first two batters of the fifth himself on grounders at the mound and also nearly kicked out the endgame, but the ball cut too high above his head but was fielded by Robinson short for an easy play . Primeaux allowed back-to-back hits in the sixth but retired the last two batters of the inning, one on strikeout, to end the threat. He gave up 14 straight from the second inning until he allowed a one-out double in the sixth. He’s 2-1 this season with a 2.65 ERA and a team-high 23 strikeouts. Primeaux has walked just four batters all season and struck out 12.18/nine innings.
Senior Luke Royle (Dodge City, Kan.) made his first start of the season for Centenary in Monday’s DH opener and was impressive as he pitched his first full career game, going all seven innings and allowing only three runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw just 77 pitches, 51 for strikes and faced 28 batters. Royle has a 2.77 ERA this season with just three walks and 10 strikeouts.
The versatile Ludwick is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA at the mound in two starts. RHP Junior Christian Diaz (Houston, Texas) made a team record with three starts and fellow RHP Junior Peyton Thibodeaux (Lake Arthur, La.) posted a 1.35 ERA as he became the one of the Diamond Gents’ best arms this season. . Junior LHP Collier Cloinger (Bossier City, La.) has also pitched well so far this season as he has made two starts and has a 1.80 ERA.
Below is Centenary’s full schedule for his trip to California:
Saturday February 26: vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – 12 p.m. (2 p.m. CT)
Sunday February 27: vs. La Verne – 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. CT)
Monday, February 28: vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. CT)
Wednesday March 2: vs. La Verne – 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. CT)
Saturday March 5: vs Western (DH) – 11am & 2:30pm (1pm & 4:30pm CT)
Sunday March 6: vs. Western – 10 a.m. (NOON CT)
Check out the full Diamond Gents season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2021-22/schedule
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