Squad show no signs of winding down

SAGU plays DH Tuesday in downtown Dallas

FORTH WORTH, Texas  --  A recent slide by the baseball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University did little to deter the effort of a shorthanded squad in a Friday doubleheader.

Facing the red hot, No. 25 ranked Texas Wesleyan University (34-12, 17-6 in RRAC) on the road, SAGU battled tooth and nail during a pair of 5-2 setbacks at historic LaGrave Field.

Fresh from erupting for 45 runs in a three-game sweep at the University of the Southwest, the Rams had to work to extend their streak to 15 in a row.

SAGU went with a line-up comprised of 'green' players who have been used very sparingly, Head Coach Jon Shockley found something appealing.

“I’ll tell you something,” he said afterwards, “the guys just wanted to win. And they played like it. I am very proud of their effort.”

“Going up against a seasoned team on the road, we had as good a spirit and energy as we have all season. This was good baseball.”

Taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by a refined roster, mostly reserves and two players who hadn't seen action all season excelled in the fundamentals.

Albert Einstein once said, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.”

It was an applicable truth on Friday. The 'new' acquaintenances were impressionistic.

“We (the coaching staff) like what we’re seeing from these young men,” Shockley added.

A Lions team with 17 freshmen and eight sophomores has endured much, and are still playing hard as the season nears a finish.

The Lions received two well-pitched games from freshmen.

Game One:

Jarrod Pisors (Dallas, Tx / Red Oak HS) went the distance in the opener. Often deserving a better fate than being tagged with a loss, the promising 6-foot-7 right-hander limited the Rams to five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

An error at second base led to a first inning run, though the Rams display of power paved the way for three scores in the third frame. Jake Howeth doubled in a run before Henry Yates ripped a two-run homer to left for a 4-0 lead.

SAGU answered with two in the fourth.

Sophomore Enrique Rodriguez (Ft. Worth, Tx / Nolan HS) muscled a single to centerfield. Freshman Matt Umphenour (Chowchilla, CA / Chowchilla Union HS) checked in as a pinch-runner. He darted to third on a hit up the middle by junior Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS).

Freshman Montana Chitty (Lake Worth, Tx / Lake Worth HS) grounded out to third, with Umphenour (UM-fin-OUR) dashing home. Denton crossed the dish when Jeremy Cross (Americus, Ga / Harker Heights HS) sent a smash through the left side.

The Lions had a scoring chance in the fifth. Tali Fletcher (Monahans, Tx / Monahans HS) and Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) walked. A wild pitch resulted in Fletcher being gunned down at third on a throw by the Rams’ catcher Brian White.

Wesleyan brought in Patrick Stanley to pitch the seventh. Looking like a closer, he struck out the side, the last two Lions going down swinging.

Despite outhitting the Rams 6-5, SAGU’s bid to win was turned away.

Game Two:

In the second game the Lions grabbed an early 1-0 lead off of unbeaten 6’5 junior Sam Martin. It wouldn’t hold up.

The hard-charging hosts, with 16 college transfers on their roster, replied with two in the bottom of the second. They tagged on three more in the third to seize control, 5-1.

SAGU scored once more in the top of the fifth, but were held without a hit or a baserunner the rest of the way by two relievers. The last 14 Lions were retired in order; seven of them on strikes, four of them caught shopping.

Wesleyan had an 8-5 advantage in hits.

Martin collected the win (9-0) with five innings of work. He surrendered a pair of earned runs on five hits while striking out six. The righty issued a lone walk.

Chitty (1-4) absorbed the loss. The freshman went three and one-third innings. He was touched for five runs; four of them earned. He also yielded six hits, walked two and fanned two.

Nick Turley (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian HS), a 6’5 freshman right-hander, continues his late-season push. He blanked the Rams over the final four and two-thirds innings on just two hits.

Wesleyan had opportunities for more scoring, thanks to successfully stealing seven-of-eight bases, but the Lions defense clamped down in the clutch.

Team Purple got on the board in the third with a two out rally.

Garett Thomas (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS), one of this season’s brightest spots, lined a single to right and moved to second when Sheffield was hit by a pitch.

Rodriguez protracted his improved hitting with a shot to centerfield. The single was too hot to handle, and was misplayed by Trevor Moon, allowing Thomas sprinted home for a 1-0 SAGU lead. A swinging strike-out stranded two runners.

After a fly out to center by freshman Spencer Ming (Joplin, Mo / College Heights Christian School), another greenhorn whose time has come, Billy Mee (Fayetteville, NC / Copperas Cove HS) pulled a double that caused chalk to fly down the third base line.

The ensuing batter, Thomas, toting a .384 club, stroked a single to center to drive in Mee, a freshman who is swinging at a .333 clip. The next two batters flew out to right and whiffed to end the uprising.

Thomas had two of the Lions’ five hits. Sheffield had a two-out double to right-center, but was left on base.

SAGU (14-31, 4-20 in RRAC) has five games remaining in the regular season.

Catch the Lions in action this week!

The Purple Pride will meet Dallas Christian College in a Tuesday doubleheader. Starting at 2:00pm (CST), the games will be played at Reverchon Park, in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas.

The second game will begin approximately 20-30 minutes after the end of the first, likely around 4:30-5:00pm.

It is the former home of Southern Methodist University baseball.

Directions:

The main entrance to the park is at Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Fans attending the games should take 35 E north toward Dallas. Remain on 35, pass American Airline Center, then, just past the North Dallas Tollway, exit east onto Oak Lawn Avenue. Maple will be on the right.

SAGU wraps up the 2013 season next weekend when Huston-Tillotson University comes to town for a three-game set on campus. The young Rams are 10-40 for the year.

Friday’s solo game has a 2:00pm first pitch. A twinbill is on tap for Saturday beginning at noon.

The general public is welcome. Admission is free.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

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Jul 12, 2013 - Baseball News

Sam Blackmon signed as new Head Coach Jesse Godding, A.D., weighs in on baseball challenges  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Athletic Department at Southwestern Assemblies of...

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Lions land pitcher, Ortiz III

Lions land pitcher, Ortiz III

Jul 08, 2013 - Baseball News

Left-hander hails from Lorena, Texas Assistant Coach Rickman 'Votes for Pedro' WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The third member of this year’s baseball recruiting class has a...

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SAGU lands All-State pitcher

SAGU lands All-State pitcher

Jun 10, 2013 - Baseball News

Westlake's Tucker Burt commits to Lions Faith, joining the Sooner Athletic Conference draws recruit WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University b...

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Josh Terry inks deal, links family bond to SAGU

Josh Terry inks deal, links family bond to SAGU

May 18, 2013 - Baseball News

Infielder follows brother Jared Terry to Lions Soft-talker from Lone Star, Tx carries big stick WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A small city with a mighty name. Lone Star, Texas...

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Baseball Recap: Young Lions emerging

Baseball Recap: Young Lions emerging

May 10, 2013 - Baseball News

Freshman-laden squad building new core Denton, Thomas, Pisors, Threadgill among top players WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The 2013 baseball season for the Southwestern Assemblies of G...

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Denton makes grade for character

Denton makes grade for character

May 01, 2013 - Baseball News

RRAC lists Champions of Character LSU-Shreveport rallies to win RRAC tourney WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Red River Athletic Conference office in Waco announced its post-season h...

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Lions strand 22 baserunners in twinbill

Lions strand 22 baserunners in twinbill

Apr 21, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU loses lead late in both games Denton, Thomas collect five hits apiece WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team wrapped up their 2...

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Saturday doubleheader on campus

Saturday doubleheader on campus

Apr 19, 2013 - Baseball News

Today's single game rained out Pisors, Turley to start vs Tillotson WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team will wrap-up the 2013 sea...

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Baseball Lions play final games at home

Baseball Lions play final games at home

Apr 17, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU meets Tillotson on Friday, Saturday Reduced squad falls to Dallas Christian on Tuesday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team w...

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Lions show mettle in Forth Worth

Lions show mettle in Forth Worth

Apr 14, 2013 - Baseball News

Squad show no signs of winding down SAGU plays DH Tuesday in downtown Dallas FORTH WORTH, Texas  --  A recent slide by the baseball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God Unive...

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Lions face Wesleyan in Ft. Worth

Lions face Wesleyan in Ft. Worth

Apr 12, 2013 - Baseball News

Hard-working Fletcher earns first start SAGU's youth movement continues WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has seven games remaining in a sea...

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Lions topped by LSU-Shreveport

Lions topped by LSU-Shreveport

Apr 07, 2013 - Baseball News

Freshmen shine: Mee drives in Cross for clutch run Frosh pitchers turn in gutsy effort; Umphenour, Turley, Chitty, Pisors WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of ...

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Lions corral Mustangs for 10-8 road win

Lions corral Mustangs for 10-8 road win

Mar 31, 2013 - Baseball News

Rodriguez late homer keys 16-hit attack Cox, Chitty earn 2nd win, first save on the mound HOBBS, New Mexico  --  Enrique Rodriguez (Ft. Worth, Tx / Nolan HS) doubled to st...

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Stray Cats cost Lions in Muskogee

Stray Cats cost Lions in Muskogee

Mar 24, 2013 - Baseball News

Rodriguez collects 3 hits in setback to Bacone SAGU prepares for big series in New Mexico WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Scattered like dandelion fluff in a brisk wind, so were baserun...

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Baseball Lions caged twice at Bacone

Baseball Lions caged twice at Bacone

Mar 23, 2013 - Baseball News

Chitty has solid effort on the hill SAGU plays single game Saturday at 1:00pm MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS) and Justin Dossey (Aubrey, Tx / ...

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Baseball Lions blanked by Texas College

Baseball Lions blanked by Texas College

Mar 18, 2013 - Baseball News

Missed chances in 8-7 loss prove costly SAGU faces Bacone in OK next weekend WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A week after sweeping Wiley College, the Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ...

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Grand Slam leads to Lions loss

Grand Slam leads to Lions loss

Mar 13, 2013 - Baseball News

Loss to Mountaineers snaps 3-game winning streak SAGU hosts Texas College on Friday and Saturday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A grand slam homer off the bat of Brad Holmes proved dec...

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Baseball Lions take two from Wiley

Baseball Lions take two from Wiley

Mar 10, 2013 - Baseball News

Dossey, Chitty earn wins in relief SAGU hosts four home games this week WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- Driven by full sails gained from a bottom-of-the-ninth, come-from-behind win on Friday...

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SAGU baseball sweeps Wiley

SAGU baseball sweeps Wiley

Mar 10, 2013 - Baseball News

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 Assem...

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Baseball Lions upend Wiley, 4-3

Baseball Lions upend Wiley, 4-3

Mar 09, 2013 - Baseball News

Froelich delivers game-winner in ninth SAGU hosts Saturday twinbill at noon    WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  For the fifth time this season the Southwestern Assemb...

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Baseball, Softball Updates

Baseball, Softball Updates

Mar 04, 2013 - Baseball News

Lions welcome Wiley on Fri/Sat Lady Lions host Northwood on Thurs WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The baseball and softball teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University will be ...

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Baseball Lions begin conference season

Baseball Lions begin conference season

Feb 22, 2013 - Baseball News

Three-game series vs. Jarvis this weekend Killebrew, Pisors will start the first two games WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The young baseball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God Un...

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Lions out-roar, outlast Coyotes

Lions out-roar, outlast Coyotes

Feb 14, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU earns split of 4-game series Baseball team wins twice with late rallies WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team battled a perenn...

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Lions split DH with Kansas Wesleyan

Lions split DH with Kansas Wesleyan

Feb 14, 2013 - Baseball News

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...

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Baseball, Softball at home today

Baseball, Softball at home today

Feb 08, 2013 - Baseball News

Lady Lions play on campus, Lions at WSC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the 2013 softball season commences today for Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a doublehead...

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Lions enjoy sweet sweep of victory

Lions enjoy sweet sweep of victory

Feb 06, 2013 - Baseball News

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 ...

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