Athletic News

Former Maypearl standout earns keep, wins respect on defense

Lions increase double plays from six to 41 in one season

WAXAHACHIE  -- 
The Sooner Athletic Conference announced that Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Nick Sheffield has won the Gold Glove for his play at third base.

The 6-foot-2 senior recently concluded an impressive career that witnessed four seasons of leather skills that would make a tanner jealous.
 
The congenial redhead spent most of time on the hot corner, though he was also a trusted defender at first and second base. He even tossed a few innings from the mound when called upon.
 
During his senior year he had a .960 fielding percentage, making just four errors in 93 chances at third base. He had 34 assists (throw outs) and made 55 putouts. Competing in the NAIA’s best baseball conference, that is quite an accomplishment.
 
“It’s an honor to be named the third base Gold Glover,” he said, “especially in a tough conference with the quality players we face.” 
 
Fearless and as tough as a thirty-cent steak, Sheffield saved his best performance for his senior campaign.
 
“What I like about (playing at) third is the challenge of dealing with the hot shots that are hit right at me,” he said of the instant decisions required when playing in the gauntlet.
 
“My knack has been to stick to the fundamentals,” he explains. “Staying simple when fielding ground balls allowed me to be successful. Avoiding the temptation to make fancy plays limited mistakes.
 
“It’s a fun position, though I’m not sure what my favorite is.  While at SAGU I was able to play several of them.”
 
Born in Wichita, Kansas, it was baseball that attracted him to SAGU.

“Playing ball near to my home led me to SAGU,” he said. “The Christian aspect was a bonus. I liked the size of the school. As a result I developed many relationships outside of baseball.”
 
His career directives after college include teaching and coaching.
 
“I will be teaching social studies in either high school or junior high. That is where I look to begin coaching as well,” the Secondary Education major explained.
 
During his years in Waxahachie it was his glove and reliable arm that earned him playing time in 70 games, including 50 starting assignments. His 96% fielding percentage as a senior was a career best.
 
He won a Defensive Player of the Year award during his years in purple in gold.
 
Under new Head Coach Sam Blackmon the Lions qualified for their first-ever conference tournament berth. The team won 18 games, four more than in 2013.
 
Their defensive improvements were significant. One season after turning six double plays the Lions converted 41 in Sheffield’s senior season.
 
Only three teams made more; No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University (58), Northwood University (43) and Texas Wesleyan University (42). OBU (53-6 record) is still alive in the NAIA national tournament. (Complete listing of SAC team double plays posted below)
 
SAGU made 116 errors in 46 games in 2013. This spring they were guilty of just 91 in 51. The team finished seventh in fielding percentage (.946), but the infield’s prowess at twin-killing aided the pitching staff. Their earned run average improved from 8.11 to 6.62.

Junior shortstop Preston Hornbeck (McKinney, Tx / McKinney HS, Hesston College), freshman second baseman Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksburg HS) and sophomore first baseman Bryant Threadgill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Christian College) comprised the majority of the starts around the horn.
 
Sheffield's batting average hovered around .240. His ability to make contact at the plate made him very difficult to strike out.
 
Sheffield is from nearby Maypearl, eleven miles southwest of SAGU in eastern Ellis county. He played for the Panthers baseball team at Maypearl High School.
 
“I don’t remember our records from high school,” he said. “All I remember from high school is that we were pretty good and in the playoffs a lot.”
 
A prelude of things to come connected back to his winning defensive awards for the Panthers as well.
 
Nick is the lone son to parents Tony and Eileen who count Kelsi (17) in their family of four.
 
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

Sooner Athletic Conference Double Plays 

Team Record Games Played Double Plays
Oklahoma Baptist Univ 53-6 59 58
Northwood Univ 34-19 53 43
Texas Wesleyan Univ 27-26 53 42
SAGU Lions 18-33 51 41
Wayland Baptist Univ 33-22 55 35
Southwestern Christian Univ 8-45 53 30
Oklahoma City Univ 35-19 54 29
Univ of Science & Arts of OK 27-22 49 29
St. Gregory's Univ 15-31 46 29
Mid-America Christian Univ 14-34 48 19

 

Alumni News

  • 1
  • 2
Prev Next
SAGU professor appointed for AG Commission on Doctrinal Purity

SAGU professor appointed for AG Commission on Doctrinal Purity

Oct 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - October 7, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Dr. John Wyckoff was appointed by the Executive Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblie...

Read more
SAGU Alumna Forms HHope Support Group for Teenage Mothers

SAGU Alumna Forms HHope Support Group for Teenage Mothers

Oct 03, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - October 2, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Faitth Brooks began HHope, an organization dedicated to help and support you...

Read more
SAGU Alumna named District Elementary Teacher of the Year

SAGU Alumna named District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sep 16, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - September 12, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Heather Landry was named the 2014-2015 District Elementary Teacher of the Year on May 22, 2014. Land...

Read more
SAGU Alumna assists translation of the Modern English Version Bible

SAGU Alumna assists translation of the Modern English Version Bible

Sep 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - September 4, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumna Dr. Verna Linzey, D.D., served on a team of 47 translators for the new Modern English Version (MEV), whi...

Read more
SAGU Alumni Association announces the 2014 Alumni Award recipients

SAGU Alumni Association announces the 2014 Alumni Award recipients

Sep 04, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – September 4, 2014 – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumni Association announced the 2014 Alumni Award recipients.      ...

Read more
SAGU Alumni show their "Lion Pride"

SAGU Alumni show their "Lion Pride"

Aug 27, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 27, 2014 –Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Advancement department launched a 3-week campaign allowing alumni and friends to show their LION PRIDE...

Read more
SAGU alumnus creates 'Every Kid Deserves a Ball'

SAGU alumnus creates 'Every Kid Deserves a Ball'

Aug 12, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 11, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus David Flores created a non-profit organization called Every Kid Deserves A Ball that hosts&nb...

Read more
SAGU alumni and professor release free youth ministry eBook "Depleted"

SAGU alumni and professor release free youth ministry eBook "Depleted"

Jul 30, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 29, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumni Taylor Johnson, Wade Bearden, Preston Ulmer and professor Dr. Garland Owensby collaborated ...

Read more
SAGU Alumna Kristen Welch authors "Rhinestone Jesus"

SAGU Alumna Kristen Welch authors "Rhinestone Jesus"

Jul 17, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 17, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna and well-known blog author Kristen Clark Welch published her second book "Rhinestone Jesus&...

Read more
Former SAGU professor, Dr. Gene Brown, passes at age 78

Former SAGU professor, Dr. Gene Brown, passes at age 78

Jul 03, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 3, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor, Dr. Gene Brown, died at the age of 78 on June 29, 2014. SAGU's Dean of Graduate Studie...

Read more
Former SAGU president, Hershel A. Brummett, dies at age 84

Former SAGU president, Hershel A. Brummett, dies at age 84

Jun 25, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – June 25, 2014 – Dr. Hershel A. Brummett, president of Southwestern Assemblies of God College (SAGC) from 1979-1982, died at the age of 84 on Monday, June 23, 2014, in T...

Read more
SAGU alumnus publishes 'Changing Church: It's Never Too Late'

SAGU alumnus publishes 'Changing Church: It's Never Too Late'

May 14, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — May 14, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and Senior Pastor of Copper Pointe Church (Albuquerque, NM) Galen Woodward published "Chan...

Read more
Alumnus records church's worship album, first recording in HCC

Alumnus records church's worship album, first recording in HCC

May 12, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — May 12, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and Worship Pastor at New Community Church (NCC) (Mesquite, Texas) David Belt recorded the churc...

Read more
SAGU alumnus creates youth ministry curriculum

SAGU alumnus creates youth ministry curriculum

Mar 07, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 7, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Dustin Woodward, a former Young Alumni Award Recipient, recently launched a youth and young ...

Read more
Alumnus pastors one of 2013's Top 100 fastest growing churches in America

Alumnus pastors one of 2013's Top 100 fastest growing churches in America

Mar 07, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 7, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Abram Gomez serves as the executive pastor of Valley International Christian Center (VICC) i...

Read more
SAGU alumna coordinates Waxahachie community giveaway

SAGU alumna coordinates Waxahachie community giveaway

Feb 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — February. 10, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna and adjunct instructor Rebecca Manguno hosted Waxahachie Bible Church's 4th annual A...

Read more
SAGU dedicates Hagee Communication Center on Dec. 11

SAGU dedicates Hagee Communication Center on Dec. 11

Nov 19, 2013 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — November 19, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will dedicate the John and Diana Hagee Communication Center (HCC) on Wednesday, December 11. ...

Read more
VAR Resources employs 15 SAGU alumni

VAR Resources employs 15 SAGU alumni

Nov 12, 2013 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — November 12, 2013 — VAR Resources President and CEO and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Gary Sutton has employed 15 SAGU alumni over the pas...

Read more
Alumni Relations 'mugs' students during first week

Alumni Relations 'mugs' students during first week

Aug 30, 2012 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 29, 2012 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) launched a new tradition Tuesday, August 28. The Alumni Relations office "mugged" hundreds of students in the ...

Read more
Alumna walks 250 miles for pro-life movement

Alumna walks 250 miles for pro-life movement

Mar 27, 2012 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – March 28, 2012 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Carisma Reyes will walk 250 miles in 21 days with 38 other women for the “Back to Life” movement in a...

Read more
Alumnus leads opening prayer for U.S. Congress

Alumnus leads opening prayer for U.S. Congress

Dec 19, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX - December 19, 2011 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Bryan Thiessen was selected by Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy (18th district) to give the invocati...

Read more
Alumna to compete on “Food Network Challenge,” November 13

Alumna to compete on “Food Network Challenge,” November 13

Nov 08, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – November 8, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Wendy Weixel Collinsworth will appear on the Food Network Channel’s “Food Network...

Read more
Alumnus serves as youth pastor at The Potter’s House

Alumnus serves as youth pastor at The Potter’s House

Nov 07, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – November 7, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Drew Castillo serves as “The Fire House” youth pastor at The Potter’s Hous...

Read more
Alumna serves as SMU Chi Alpha pastor

Alumna serves as SMU Chi Alpha pastor

Oct 28, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 28, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Mandy (Bass) Pathak serves alongside husband Shomik in the Chi Alpha ministry at Southern Met...

Read more
Delmer and Eleanor Guynes memorialized in dormitory

Delmer and Eleanor Guynes memorialized in dormitory

Oct 26, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 26, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) memorialized Delmer and Eleanor Guynes with a wall display during the Homecoming events held on Frid...

Read more
Alumna receives Milken Educator Award

Alumna receives Milken Educator Award

Oct 18, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 18, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumna Andrea Morales McKenna was presented with a Milken Educator Award on October 7, 2011. McKenna...

Read more
Eleanor Guynes Memorial Service to be streamed, Friday, May 20, 2PM

Eleanor Guynes Memorial Service to be streamed, Friday, May 20, 2PM

May 14, 2011 - Alumni News

Kind Words "Thank you Lord for a faithful servant!" Terrell Welch "Heaven just received another hero of the faith." Anita Cook "My deepest ...

Read more
Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez Serves as Federal Prison Chaplain

Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez Serves as Federal Prison Chaplain

Nov 17, 2010 - Alumni News

Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez recently became a Federal Prison Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. Ramirez previously served as a navy chaplain. Jerrod and Stephanie Ra...

Read more
Alumna Brandi Lewis Trains Men's Pair Champions

Alumna Brandi Lewis Trains Men's Pair Champions

Oct 27, 2010 - Alumni News

Alumna Brandi Lewis recently produced the first elite athletes in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Texas. Men’s Pair Axel Osborne and Dylan Inserra are Senior National Team members and three-time nati...

Read more
Alumna Stephanie Graham Named Teacher of the Year

Alumna Stephanie Graham Named Teacher of the Year

Sep 28, 2010 - Alumni News

SAGU alumna Stephanie Graham was recently named Teacher of the Year for Life School in Lancaster, Texas. Graham graduated from SAGU in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education. Graham was sel...

Read more

 

Fill out my online form.