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Team travels to Ozark Mountains today

Four-games vs. Ecclesia College on Fri/Sat

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The new look, new attitude Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s baseball team showed some new teeth in their four-game split with Kansas Wesleyan University.

SAGU has a roster chocked full of "new," with 18 freshmen and nine sophomores. The Lions sport two fresh jerseys as well as a home schedule that includes 15 games played on their newfangled on-campus ballpark.

But it’s their different attitude and energy that has Head Coach Jon Shockley and his solid, new coaching staff so encouraged.

The Lions split two doubleheaders over the weekend with a KWU team that has racked up 34, 37, 33, 40 and 31 wins in recent years.

SAGU sandwiched wins around 7-4 and 4-0 setbacks that revealed much of the new grit that Shockley has been orating.

Trailing 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning in the opener, a patient Southwestern erupted for 10 runs in a 10-2 triumph.

In a well-pitched series the Lions topped that rally in the send-off game.

Played in miserable conditions only a duck would enjoy; windy and cold with light rain and mist, the Lions assembled an unlikely bottom of the seventh, 3-run comeback to tie the game at 3-3.

They punched across the winning run in the 10th for a 4-3 capper that epitomized the mettle of this year’s Purple Pride. (See separate story for full details)

SAGU, now 8-6, will take to the road this weekend. They will head to the Ozarks Mountains in northwest Arkansas to meet Ecclesia College in another four-game set.

Weather is expected to be dicey, with highs in the low 40s and overnight temps in the 20’s. The potential for snow could’ve forced the series to move to Waxahachie. It is believed that jackets could be involved. 

A Friday doubleheader is set to begin at 1:00pm with another slated for noon on Saturday in Springdale, Ark.

The Ecclesia Royals (0-3) compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Noted gospel singer and songwriter Twila Paris is a spokesperson for the school. Her father, Oren Paris II, is the school’s founder (1975) and current chancellor.

Ecclesia is Greek for “called out ones” and is translated to mean “church” or “assembly.”

Springdale is west of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and north of Fayetteville, Ark. It is known as the “Chicken Capital of the World” as Tyson Foods is headquartered there.

The Lions, who are beginning a nine-game road trek, will start the 2013 Red River Athletic Conference season next weekend, Feb. 22-23.

They are scheduled to take on Jarvis Christian College for three games in Hawkins (north of Tyler), Texas.

SAGU returns home for a three-game series with Northwood University on March 1-2.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at mwarde@sagu.edu or at 469-658-2847.

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