Baseball announces 2022 season schedule
Shreveport– The Centenary baseball program has released its 2022 season schedule as the Diamond Gents kick off their regular season at home on Friday, February 4 as they host the Gentils Classic this weekend at Shehee Stadium.
Centenary is coming off one of its best seasons in program history in 2021 as the Diamond Gents went 30-11 overall and 14-7 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Maroon and White are currently receiving votes (7) in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA preseason poll, it was announced last week.
See the full pre-season poll here: https://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2022/2022Top25-week-0
The Diamond Gents will face Willamette University in their season opener on Friday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m. The Bearcats are another Division III school located in Salem, Oregon. The East Texas Baptist University Tigers join Centenary and Willamette for the weekend tournament. and the Bearcats and Tigers will open the tournament schedule Friday at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule includes three games starting with the Diamond Gents and ETBU facing each other at 11 a.m. Willamette and ETBU will meet for the second time at 2:30 p.m. and the Diamond Gents and Bearcats will end the day with a contest at 6 p.m. The tournament ends Sunday with the Diamond Gents and Tigers meeting at 2 p.m.
Centenary hits the road for the first time February 11-13 to compete in the Millsaps Tournament in Jackson, Mississippi. The Diamond Gents take on Huntingdon College on Friday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., then MUW on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. and will end the weekend on February 13 against LaGrange.
The brown and whites then return home on February 20-21 to host Alma College for a four-game non-conference series. Scottish is a Division III school located in Alma, Michigan. The teams will play two doubleheaders on Sunday, February 20 (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and Monday, February 21 (3 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Centenary will then travel to California for seven games from February 26 to March 6. The Diamond Gents next face the Millsaps Majors in a midweek non-conference home game on Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m.
Centenary begins conference play at the Texas Lutheran on March 18-19 and takes on Trinity on March 25-26 in its first home conference series. The Diamond Gents end the regular season in St. Thomas on April 29-30. The Browns and Whites are expected to play 21 SCAC games, nine at home and 12 on the road. The Diamond Gents will face Austin College and Southwestern at home in addition to Trinity and Dallas and Schreiner are the other two road series in addition to visits to TLU and St. Thomas. The Diamond Gents are expected to play 18 regular season home games and 22 road/neutral games.
The Diamond Gents have won 30 games in a season for only the second time in the Division III era (2012-present) and 10and times in school history last season, and set a D3 single-season record for home wins (17) and won its first 16 at Shehee Stadium. They swept five home opponents last season and are 20-3 in their last 23 home games since the start of last season.
Centenary also won a program record 18 consecutive games from March 4 to April 6 as Maroon and White went six straight weeks unbeaten and had the longest winning streak in the country in Division III at the time. The Gents have been ranked for eight consecutive weeks in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll and peaked at No. 14. Centenary earned the No. 4 seed in the 2021 SCAC Championship in Cleburne, Texas.
Mike Diaz enters his 12th season as Gentiles head coach in 2022 as his tenure has been marked by continued success and achievement. Diaz is entering his 18th overall season with the program as he previously served as associate head coach from 2005 to 2010. He was named SCAC Coach of the Year in 2021, winning the award for the fifth time in his career, and n only needs one win to reach 250 in his superb career with Maroon and White.
Centenary returns seven daily starters and its top two pitchers this season as the Diamond Gents are poised to make another run at a conference title. Senior P/1B Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville, Texas) makes headlines for the returnees as he was named SCAC pitcher of the year and earned first-base All-SCAC first-team honors as the most versatile and dynamic of the conference. Ludwick was named to both the D3baseball.com West 2021 All-Region Second Team and the 2021 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division. The West III All-Region First Team as well as the Men’s Team of 2021 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) college baseball.
He led the conference in batting average, hits, RBI and total bases and ranked in the top 10 in seven other individual statistical categories. He went 8-2 with a 4.09 ERA and led the conference in wins, strikeouts and opposing batting average and ranked second in ERA and innings pitched. He made 12 appearances (12 starts) and pitched a full game… He was a finalist for SCAC Hitter of the Year as he had a team-high 65 hits, 49 RBIs and an average in .404 stick.
Junior RHP Parker Primeaux (Lake Charles, La.) III West All-Region Team last season. Primeaux, who earned a second-team berth, had a stellar second season earning All-SCAC first-team honors as a relief pitcher. He led the nation in Division III in saves with 10 and also led the conference in the category and led the SCAC in ERA (3.22). In a team-record 27 appearances, Primeaux went 3-4 and in 64.1 innings pitched, he allowed just 56 hits with just 23 earned runs. He struck out 58 and averaged 8.11 strikeouts per nine innings. He was named SCAC pitcher of the week on March 9.
Senior DH/OF Tyler Welch (Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also back and will be one of the Gents’ top offensive threats in 2022. He joined Ludwick and Primeaux on the D3baseball.com West 2021 All-Region team then that he was earning a place in the second team. Welch had a superb 2021 season for the Gents as he hit .383 with .430 and .539 on-base percentage. He had 49 hits, scored 28 runs, 28 RBIs and 14 extra hits including 10 doubles. In 128 at bats, he only batted 10 times while walking 13. He recorded 17 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games. Welch earned a spot on the 2021 SCAC Championship All-Tournament Team as he went 5-9 at the plate in two games with three RBIs, four runs scored and four doubles.
2022 MEN’S CLASSIC SCHEDULE
FRIDAY February 4:
ETBU VS. WILLAMETTE – 1:00 PM
WILLAMETTE AGAINST. CENTENARY – 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY February 5:
ETBU VS CENTENNIAL – 11AM
WILLAMETTE VS. ETBU – 2:30 p.m.
WILLAMETTE VS CENTENNIAL – 6 PM
SUNDAY February 6:
ETBU VS CENTENNIAL – 2 PM
*Live stats and live video with commentary will be available for all six Gents Class matches*
View the full men’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2021-22/schedule
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