Baseball signs Alcorn State transfer
Duncanville 3B Redden signs with Lions
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team has added another key piece towards assembling the Lions’ first-ever winning season.
Second year Head Coach Jonathan Shockley signed Jeffrey Redden to become a student-athlete and to play for SAGU.
A native of Dallas, Redden transfers from Alcorn State University (Lorman, MS). Prior to college he played at Duncanville High School, a Class 5A power in the southwest Dallas area.
While at Alcorn State he suited up for the Braves and Coach Barret Rey. As a member of the NCAA Division I, the team went 18-37 this spring. The Braves posted a 14-10 mark in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The SWAC had two 5-team divisions. The Braves finished in second behind Jackson State University (34-17, 21-3).
As a redshirt Freshman, Redden was limited to five games and seven at bats. He was errorless in the field.
“Jeff is a very good player,” said Southwestern coach Shockley. “He’s primarily been a third base guy. He has a great glove and will be a great addition to this program!”
At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Redden brings power and presence to the field, where he also plays First Base and Rightfield.
“I love to play this game,” said the player who will major in accounting. “And I will pour 110% effort in between the lines.” Evidently, there it is possible to give more than 100%.
Known for his arm, glove and bat, Redden hopes to see the Lions turn the corner and rise from pretender to a contender in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The rebuilding Lions assembled a 14-28 mark in the spring.
They graduated eight seniors, including the entire outfield. The recruiting class has reeled in a number of solid hitters, pitchers and infielders.
Redden's glove and arm should enable Shockley some line-up flexibility.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to play at SAGU,” he continued. “I will do my best for this team.”
SAGU is a Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). They will begin their fall camp on September 24.
The camp will last seven weeks, ending with a weeklong World Series of intrasquad games. The competition for positions is expected to be lively.
Coach Shockley is also planning an Alumni Game, probably scheduled for October.
The regular season commences in late January 2013. Should the club finish in the top six in the standings they would qualify for post-season tournament in the RRAC.
By winning 40% of their game the Lions would also receive a bid in the NCCAA Central Regional tourney. Provided they earn the crown in the region, SAGU would advance to the NCCAA Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Lions will play all of their home games at the new, on-campus ballpark.
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