Mustangs score last six runs, top Lions 9-3
Nine seniors honored on Saturday
SAGU to play Tuesday in Grand Prairie
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The rubber game of the series between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and New Mexico’s University of the Southwest was nearly a carbon-copy of game two, with the visitors pulling away late to claim both the game and the series.
USW (17-26), battling for a berth in next week’s Red River Athletic Conference tournament, and SAGU (13-25) were tied at 3 on a blustery spring day at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The Mustangs nudged ahead 5-3 against the Lions’ senior ace Nic Morgan (Ft. Worth, Tx / LeTourneau University, Boswell HS). With two runners on base and two outs , Head Coach Jon Shockley went to the bullpen.
Talented freshman lefty Zach Worrell (Ft. Worth, Tx / Central Christian College, LD Bell HS), who pitched a shutout earlier in the week, gave up consecutive singles. The second one, a line-drive to centerfield, scored two runs.
Like Friday night’s result, when a late 1-1 game was turned quickly into a 7-2 setback, Saturday’s matinee went south as well. The Mustangswent on to a 9-3 victory, evening their league record at 12-12.
Still, the Lions improved starting pitching held USW to 17 runs in the three games after yielding 26 to a 15-32 Mustangs team a year ago.
Dominic Denney (Medford, Ore / North Eugene HS, La Cueva HS) had a solid game with a pair of base hits. Southwestern had three opportunities on Saturday to break open the tight game, but each time came away one-hit shy.
Freshman Rockie Davis (Santa Fe, Tx / Santa Fe HS) hurled a complete game six-hitter in a 3-1 win on Friday.
Double-dip on Tuesday
The Lions will play two games against Arlington Baptist College on Tuesday, April 17. The twinbill is set for a 1:00pm start at the home of the Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league team. QuikTrip Park (1600 Lone Star Parkway) is located just north of I-30 off of Beltline Road.
SAGU and ABC split an earlier doubleheader. Last year the Patriots went 2-1 against the Lions, outscoring Southwestern 27-11.
Senior Day salutes nine
Southwestern honored nine players prior to the game on Saturday. Large framed photographs of each player were presented as players and their families were introduced.
Senior Day recognition went to OF *Ben Chavez (Roswell, NM / NM Military Institute, Gateway Christian HS), C *Dominic Denney (Medford, Ore / North Eugene HS, La Cueva HS), 3B *Riley Hensel (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS), CF *Dustin Jett (Patterson, La / Patterson HS), RHP Tim Kolczak (San Antonio, Tx / F.E.A.S.T., Taft HS), LF-LHP *Mario Mendoza (Ft. Worth, Tx / Grambling State University, Polytechnic HS), LHP *Nic Morgan (Ft. Worth, Tx / LeTourneau University, Boswell HS), LHP Trevor Schexneider (Elizabethtown, Ky / Elizabethtown HS), RHP Chris Stanley (Harker Heights, Tx / Harker Heights HS).
Six of them started on Saturday (indicated by an asterisk), with the three others playing on Friday.
Chavez, Jett and Kolczak are the team’s tri-captains.
Note: Additional details of the game will be added later.
Positions of Seniors: OF - Outfield, C - Catcher, 3B - Third Base, CF - Centerfield, RHP - Righthanded Pitcher, LF - Leftfield, LHP - Lefthanded Pitcher.