Lions yield big rally, fall 13-10
Arlington Baptist scores seven in 7th
Spivey has 4 RBI; Mee, Froelich rap 3 hits
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team rapped out eleven hits in building a 9-4 lead after six innings on Tuesday. But it wasn't enough to earn a victory.
Arlington Baptist College rallied for a seven-run seventh en route to a 13-10 win at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
Both clubs endured a gamut of conditions that greatly impacted the contest. When the visiting Patriots left their campus (bound for Waxahachie) the temperature was 80 degrees.
The environment turned brutal by game’s end. Neither team was dressed for the environment when temps dropped to 52 with wind gusts of 30-40 mph.
Squalls briefly included sleet at one point, though the game never experienced a delay.
The Patriots used four hits, five walks, three errors and three wild pitches to take the lead, 11-9, in the fateful seventh.
SAGU threatened in the bottom of both the eighth and ninth, but it was the Pats who escaped with a victory in their season opener. The Lions slipped to 3-2.
Southwestern had two runners on base with one out in the eighth, when ABC Head Coach Barrett Weaver intentionally walked Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS) to load the bases. It was a gutsy move.
His hunch hit pay dirt when the Patriots got the ensuing Lions batter, who stepped to the plate with three hits in four at bats, to ground into a 1-2-3 double play on the next pitch.
After allowing two ninth inning runs, one of them unearned, the Lions got the first two runners on base.
Trailing 13-9, SAGU got an RBI single off the bat of Micah Thompson (Waco, Tx / Gatesville HS) before a fly out and ground out ended the game.
The Lions outhit the Patriots 12 to 11.
Control struggles, affected by the gusts, saw SAGU hurlers issue a dozen walks while Arlington Baptist yielded eight bases on balls.
The conditions also presented a dichotomy for pitchers. The uncontrollable winds added ball movement resulting in the Lions striking out six opposing batters, while ABC whiffed seven Lions.
Mee sparks quick lead
SAGU vaulted to a 5-1 lead in the first frame. A double to deep leftfield by Billy Mee (Fayetteville, NC / Copperas Cove HS) and single to center from Denton gave the Purple Pride a 2-1 lead.
Junior catcher Taylor Froelich (Lee’s Summit, Mo / Central Christian College, West HS) knocked in a run before Jacob Spivey (Georgetown, Tx / Harker Heights HS) gave the rawhide a joyride. His triple drove in a pair of runs.
Denton and Froelich (FRAY-lick) trotted home on another big hit, a single, by Spivey during a three-run third. SAGU led 8-3.
Denton, who scored thrice, crossed the dish again in the sixth on a two-out base knock to right-center by Froelich.
SAGU got a solid performance by freshman Tyler English (Abilene, Tx / Gatesville HS). He tossed five and two-third innings. He yielded four runs, three of them earned, on four hits. He walked five and fanned five.
Four other pitchers entered the game, with Nick Turley (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian) firing the final two innings. Skyler Gilstrap (Smithville, Tx / Smithville HS) took the loss. He allowed three runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Spivey, who turned a third inning double play at shortstop, paced the offensive attack. He rapped two hits, scored three times and had four runs batted in (RBI).
Both Froehlich and Mee turned in 3-for-5 efforts, the former knocking in two scores. Rockie Davis (Santa Fe, Tx / Santa Fe HS) was 2-for-4. The top two spots in the order combined to go 1-for-10.
Arlington Baptist endured a mixed bag of wind-affected plays.
First baseman Clint Hall hit a first frame double that appeared to be a routine fly ball to left before the airstream carried it into the gap.
Andrew Cook crushed a 2-run double to left-center in the seventh. It likely would have been a home-run if hit earlier. The winds died and were replaced by frigid air, leading to a one-hopper to the fence.
Deteriorating weather conditions led the teams to call off the second game of the regularly scheduled doubleheader.
Lions host no. 5 ranked Rogers State
SAGU returns to the diamond this weekend for three games when Arlington Baptist and no. 5 ranked Rogers State University (Ok) visit the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The Lions meet RSU at 3:30pm on Friday and on Saturday at 11:00am. After Rogers State and ABC meet at 1:00pm, the Lions will clash with the Pats at approximately 4:00pm.
SAGU is also slated to play Dallas Christian College on Tuesday, February 5, in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2:00pm.
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