Chris Zapata Case Study

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – When you win the outright Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Title by three games, a few awards and All-Conference nods are a pretty safe bet. The #6 Centenary Gents (32-7) did not disappoint, as junior Chris Zapata and sophomore Matthew Devillier were named SCAC Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while head coach Mike Diaz captured his third Conference Coach of the Year honor, in a vote by the SCAC baseball head coaches released at the SCAC Baseball Tournament Friday night, April 28. Zapata had an impressive season to capture Player of the Year honors. With his NCAA Division III-leading 64th RBI earlier Friday in the Gents 6-4 win against Southwestern, he tied the single-season Centenary record for RBI’s in the season. Zapata also leads the SCAC in home runs (10), hits (60),…show more content…
Quintanilla leads the SCAC and is fifth in the nation with 51 runs. Earlier this season, he broke the career record in a Gents uniform for triples (10). As a pitcher, Kirk turned in his second-straight season with nine wins, and with the victory earlier on Friday, sits third all by himself in the Gents career annals in wins (21). He also ranks second in the conference and 19th in the nation with 81 strikeouts this season. Leading the Second Team with two All-SCAC nods is junior Cole Lavergne as a first baseman and relief pitcher. Lavergne leads the conference and is fifth in the nation with eight saves, the second-most for a single season in Gents history. Freshman designated hitter Cody Crowder accompanies Lavergne on the Second Team. Rounding out the Honorable Mention honorees for the Maroon and White are juniors Jackie Allen (starting pitcher) and Ian Graham (third base), sophomore Cameron Guin (outfielder), and freshman Zane Wilkinson
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