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Team rallies twice in extra-innings

Lions end skid of losing 14 straight RRAC series

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  For the first time in five years the Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team swept a three-game series in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Facing a league foe, Wiley College, who had owned the Lions of late (Wiley had a 7-1 series lead in recent years), the Lions rolled during the weekend for three wins over the Wildcats.

After rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to win, 4-3, on Friday, SAGU overcame a 5-2 deficit to thump the guests in 10 innings, 6-5.

After two games played in miry clay and light rain, the sun made a cameo appearance during the third contest as SAGU scored the final six runs in a 6-2 triumph.

Last Time Lions Wielded a Broom

It was the first time the Lions had swept a conference series since March of 2008. That season the team took the University of the Southwest (NMex) at home with scores of 5-4, 4-1 and 11-5.

That SAGU ballclub went 15-23 overall and were 7-8 in the RRAC.

They were led by Gabe Hensley (.362 BA, 25 RBI), Bo Adams, Scott Smith, Jayce Rasberry and Reggie Veal. Greg Hayes was the Head Coach.

The Purple Pride had lost 14 consecutive series in the RRAC until Saturday. The last time they took two-of-three was in 2011 in Hawkins, Texas; going 13-3, 7-10 and 15-11 against Jarvis Christian College.

Current Record and Schedule

The Lions will return to action on Tuesday, March 12, when Schreiner Unversity (Kerrville, Tx) visits town. The NCAA D3 Mountaineers are 6-15. They average scoring 4.0 and yield 7.5 through 21 games.

In comparison, the Lions are pushing across 5.8 runs and surrendering 7.6.

Second year Head Coach Jon Shockley’s team is currently 13-16 in all games and, at 3-6 against Red River teams, are tied for sixth with Texas College in the 10-team league.

Next weekend the Lions will host the TxC Steers on Friday and Saturday. The top six teams in the league qualify for the RRAC tournament.

SAGU has 20 games remaining, twelve at home. The team is scheduled for six more conference series, four of them in Waxahachie.

A detailed review of Saturday’s games will be posted on Sunday, complete with action photos.

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

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