Marshall, Texas – No. The 14 Centenary baseball team needed extra innings to extend its program record and the current nation’s longest winning streak on Tuesday night as the men held the East Texas Baptist University Tigers in a 10-8, non-conference game in 10 innings. at Woods Field.
The Gents (24-2) moved up to No. 14 in the nation in the latest 2021 D3baseball.com/NCBWA poll announced Tuesday morning and have now won a program record 18th games in a row. The 18-game streak tops the nation in Division III, four better than Washington University (St. Louis), which has won 14 in a row.
Centenary defeated the Tigers (16-10) for the third time this season after a 7-4 home win in February. 12 and victory 13-5 in Marshall March 23.
Centenary are now a fantastic 33-6 in their last 39 games from last season and have not lost a game since it fell 8-5 at Huntingdon back in February. The men have now scored 10 or more races 13 times this season and improved to 3-0 in extra-time matches this season.
The men tied the previous longest winning streak of 16 games on Friday with a double-header over Dallas at home, winning 5-1 and 12-5. The Centenary then set a new record last Saturday with its 17ththvictory, an 8-4 victory to become 9-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
The 2017 Gents squad held the previous record for the longest winning streak (16), winning 35 games and making the NCAA Tournament. Centenary are now just 11 wins away from tying the overall mark with 14 regular season games left.
Centenary took a 1-0 lead at the top of the first half as senior third baseman Chris Haggard (Lake Charles, La.) Led the game with a solo home run, his third of the season. The Lord then added four more runs with two outs at the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 5-0.
Junior catcher Ben’s brother (Beckville, Texas) singlet at home senior 2B Tyler Erickson (Houston, Texas) who had doubled and then senior John beaudion (Houston, Texas) delivered a three-run home run, his second of the season. The Tigers got on the board at the bottom of the fifth with a single run, but then the men scored a pair at the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 7-1.
Sophomore DH Cole collins (Shreveport) hit his first career home run, going deep to lead the seventh. Centenary played longer ball two strokes later as a junior SS Brady robinson (Jacksonville, Texas) homered, his third of the season. Collins, put into a starting role at second base / DH over the past week, is now 6-18 over the last six games with six RBIs, three points, three doubles, one homer, two trips and one stolen base.
The Tigers scored a run at the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-2, but the lead seemed confident into the final two laps. ETBU 3B Zachary McAdams hit a two-out, two-run homer by Centenary reliever senior Andy purpura (Bozeman, Mont.) To manage 7-4 and set the stage for a wild ninth inning.
Centenary sen-inning specialist, sophomore Parker Primeaux (Lake Charles, La.), Relieved Purpura and uncharacteristically got into immediate trouble when he allowed hits to the first two bullets he encountered. After an error on a victim allowed a race to score and make it 7-5, Primeaux hit a batter to load the bases without outs. SS Jake Miller and DH Carson Wilson delivered back-to-back sacrificial flies to tie the game, but Primeaux got 1B Jase Jones knocked out to end the threat and send the game to extras.
The Gents quickly shook off the rally of the Tigers who tied the game while loading the bases without outs on a couple of errors and an infield single by senior CF Cody Crowder (Shepherd, Texas). Senior 1B / P Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville, Texas) then hit a double screen to put Centenary up 10-7. The Tigers got an unearned run with two outs, but Primeaux out a pair to earn their third win of the season, improving to 3-1. Blake Corbin, the Tigers’ sixth pitcher in the game, suffered the loss to fall to 0-4 this season.
New Year’s student Jacob Colby (Kingwood, Texas) started on the mound for Maroon and White and was solid in his four rounds of work as he allowed only one undeserved run and three hits with three trips. Purpura relieved him and beat the next four laps, allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits with one turn and three Ks. Receive Gustafson started for ETBU and allowed five races, all earned, and six hits in four rounds of work. He did not go astray and struck out two and allowed two homers.
Collins, Ludwick and Robinson had two hits each and Beaudion and Ludwick each ran in three races. Collins, Haggard and Robinson also scored two each. Centenary had 11 hits for the game.
Centenary return to conference play this weekend as the men hit the road to face Southwestern in a three-match weekend series that begins Friday, the 9th. April at 18.00 The teams will play a double header on Saturday at 13 and 16
A link to the men’s complete schedule for 2021 can be found here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/plan