Lions enjoy sweet sweep of victory
SAGU takes pair from Crusaders
Play of Pitchers and Denton is plenty
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Like a busy tailor, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team has a staff of steady arms. Young and talented, they can keep opposing batters in stitches.
During a Tuesday evening doubleheader the Lions allowed three first inning runs. After that, they allowed very little as they 'took in' Dallas Christian College, 5-4 and 12-3 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The sweep gives the Lions a 6-4 record heading into this weekend's four-game series at home against Kansas Wesleyan University.
Twinbills on Friday and Saturday will be a great test of the depth of the bullpen.
The visiting Coyotes, who have yet to play so far this season, posted a 34-22 record last spring.
A scrappy Crusaders team tagged the Lions with a quick 3-spot in the opener. Like starting pitcher Skylar Gilstrap (Smithville, Tx / Smithville HS), the hosts battled back. SAGU scored two in their half of the first, eventually tying the game at 4-4.
Meanwhile, Gilstrap's arsenal of pitches, including an especially effective curveball, held DCC in check. The lefthander earned his second win of the young season.
Dallas Christian appeared set to regain the lead with a clutch single to centerfield. Charging the ball, sophomore Rockie Davis (Santa Fe, Tx / Santa Fe HS) gloved it came up firing. He delivered a pinpoint assist, nailing a baserunner at the plate to end the uprising.
After the Lions took the lead with a solo run in the bottom of the sixth, Head Coach Jon Shockley went to the same rock. He called on Davis, the closer, to preserve the lead in the seventh. Like his throw the previous inning, he delivered a quick knockout.
Southwestern wasted little time in the nightcap, scoring five runs in the first and fourth frames to roll to a 12-3 triumph.
A trio of pitchers combined on a three-hitter, striking out 12 and permitting three unearned runs.
Junior Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS) was like Guster's "One Man Wrecking Machine." He stung the 'Saders with a first inning bases loaded triple to the wall, and he wasn't finished.
His day included another triple and a double and a whopping six runs batted in. Denton had company as Billy Mee (Fayetteville, NC / Copperas Cove HS) also went 3-for-4, and Nick Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) was a perfect 3-for-3.
Mee ripped a triple while Cox blasted a double and drove in two runs.
SAGU got two hits from Jacob Spivey (Georgetown, Tx / Harker Heights HS) and an RBI double off the bat of Rusty Hensel (Maypearl, Tx / Dallas Christian College, Maypearl HS).
Spivey and Mee each scored three times while Hensel and Denton crossed the dish twice.
In winning their third straight game, the Lions totalled 13 hits and a season-high in run production.
The storyline, though, could easily have been pitching.
Justin Dossey (Aubrey, Tx / Aubrey HS), a 6'2 transfer, got his first start. He went three innings, scattering three walks and a hit while striking out five.
Cox picked up the win, tossing three innings and fanning five batters. He did not walk anyone.
Micah Thompson (Waco, Tx / Gatesville HS) moved from second-base to the mound in the seventh. He played the first six innings at second baseman. The freshman was touched for a hit and a walk, but finished the game with a pair of strike outs.
Photos Available: Over 300 photos from Saturday's action (including the three selections on this page) is now available to view and/or purchase on-line at Steve Patterson's www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com