Kerrville, Texas– The Centenary baseball team will face the Schreiner University Mountaineers in a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series this weekend starting Friday at 2 p.m. at Bob Henry Field.
The Diamond Gents (12-12, 2-4 SCAC) and Mountaineers (11-10, 3-3 SCAC) will play a doubleheader Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. to wrap up the series.
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Centenary comes into the series having lost two of three home games last weekend to No. 22 Trinity, winning the series opener 10-0 in eight innings, but was swept in a double, 13- 12 and 10-5, the next day. Schreiner enters the weekend fresh off a series win over Dallas at home as after dropping Game 1 of the series, the Mountaineers’ offense exploded to 22-5, 23-7 wins. Schreiner is 5-8 at home this season.
The Diamond Gents are looking to continue their recent dominance over the Mountaineers as Maroon and White have won 15 straight games against them and 17 of the last 18. Centenary’s last loss against Schreiner dates back to February 27, 2016 (11-8) at home. Centenary swept Schreiner on March 26 and 27 at Shehee Stadium, winning all three games by one point.
Centenary is on the road in conference for the second time this season after losing two of three games at the Texas Lutheran on March 18-19, but ended the series on a high after winning the final 2-1.
This weekend’s series will feature the two best offensive teams in the conference as the Diamond Gents hit .306 as a team with .399 and .431 on-base percentage. Centenary has scored 190 runs this season, averaging 7.9 per game, and has 254 hits, 66 extra hits (39 doubles, 16 triples and 11 homers) and walked 102. The Diamond Gents have also stolen 46 bases and been hit by a pitch 31 times. Centenary ranks fourth in the nation in Division III in triples, tied for 13and in hits, is tied for 23rd in races, and tied for 42n/a in stolen bases.
The Mountaineers are hitting .323 with an OBP of .422 and hitting .451. They scored 191 runs, 239 hits and 61 extra hits (38 doubles, 12 triples and 11 home runs). Schreiner walked 101, stole 14 and was hit 34 times. Centenary ranks second in the conference in shots with an overall ERA of 5.37 while Schreiner is fourth (576).
Centenary has now scored 10 or more points in a game 26 times over the past two seasons and nine times this season. The Diamond Gents also recorded 10 or more hits in the game 16 times, at least 13 hits nine times and at least 15 four times. Centenary stole at least two bases in a game nine times and swept six or more four times.
LHP freshman Tyler Herrera (Spring, Texas) was named SCAC baseball pitcher of the week on Monday and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rookie of the week on Thursday after putting on a dynamite performance on the mound in the win 10 -0 from Centenary on Trinidad last Friday. He shut out the Tigers on just three hits in eight innings of work with nine strikeouts and only one walk. Herrera (3-0) lowered his weak team ERA to a stellar 0.69. He threw 81 pitches, 49 for strikes and faced 27 batters. Herrera allowed a two-out single in the first inning, a first single in the second and a two-out single in the fifth.
He struck out a pair in the first, forced an end-of-inning double play in the second, struck out two more in the fifth and also struck out a pair in the seventh and eighth. Herrera is one of two SCAC pitchers to have earned the weekly honor twice this season after clinching the honor for the first time earlier this month.
Despite losing the series last weekend, Centenary’s offense was impressive as the Diamond Gents scored 27 total runs, had 33 hits, walked 13 and stole 10 bases. Senior 1B Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville, Texas) had a great weekend at the plate as he hit .500 (7-14) with five RBIs, two runs scored, a double and a walk. Ludwick now has 15 multi-hit games this season and five in a row, getting at least two hits in all three games of the series. Senior C Ben Bridges (Beckville, Texas) hit .357 (5-14) with six RBIs, a double, a homer and scored two runs. He recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the season during the series and now has four games this season with three or more hits.
Freshman LF Cade LaBruyere (Iowa, La.) tied his single-game season high with four hits in last Friday’s win as he went 4-4 with an RBI , three runs scored, a triple and a stolen base. LaBruyère now has five multi-game hits this season. Senior RF Luke Royle (Dodge City, Kan.) went 1-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base. Royle went 2-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk in the 13-12 loss in Saturday’s DH opener. Bridges, Ludwick, Robinson and Welch each recorded multi-hit games. Both Ludwick and Welch had multi-hit matches in Game 2 of the DH.
Check out the full Diamond Gents season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2021-22/schedule
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