SAGU meets Tillotson on Friday, Saturday

Reduced squad falls to Dallas Christian on Tuesday

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team will play host to Huston-Tillotson University this weekend in a three-game, season-ending series.

The Lions, now 14-32 after a 16-0 road loss to Dallas Christian College on Tuesday, have dropped their last five games.

At stake in the weekender is eighth place in the 10-team Red River Athletic Conference. Tillotson, from Austin, Texas, is currently 10-40 overall and 4-19 in league play.

The Rams are last in the RRAC in batting (.255 BA) and ninth in scoring (4.1 rpg). What they lack in hitting prowess, they make up for in aggressiveness on the basepaths, swiping 80 bases to date.

HT’s pitchers have combined for an earned run average (ERA) of 7.86, which ranks eighth in the conference.

Meanwhile SAGU is hitting .269 (7th), scoring 4.6 runs per game (7th), have stolen 21 bases (8th) and have slid to an ERA of 7.91 (9th).

The two teams, both with the youngest squads in the RRAC, have made the most errors; SAGU with 102, HT with 121.

A year ago, with a senior-laden team, SAGU finished at 14-28; batted .284 (4th), scored 3.5 rpg (9th), had 94 steals (3rd), a 5.27 ERA (6th), and committed 94 errors.

The entire series will be played at the team’s new campus ballfield, where the Lions are 5-4. They are 6-12 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. The Rams are 3-12 on the road.

Blanked at Reverchon

Tuesday’s loss to Dallas Christian College was largely due to a depleted pitching staff that pressed four seldom used players onto the mound. Two hadn’t pitched all season. One had a lone appearance. The results were understandable. 

After defeating the Crusaders in each of their previous meetings this season, this game left little doubt who would win. The hosts, playing at Reverchon Park, rapped 17 hits and scored in six of the first seven innings.

Lion hurlers hit two batters with pitches and walked nine others. Of the 53 batters sent to the plate, SAGU threw a strike on the first pitch 25 times. That meant they were often behind in the count from the start. Four errors didn’t help their cause.

SAGU put together five base hits and collected three walks. They failed to score for the sixth time this season, three to non-conference foes.

Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS) led the team with a pair of base knocks including a single in the second and a double in the fifth, both to left-center.

Freshman Garett Thomas (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) stroked a hit in the first before a double-play ended the frame.

SAGU’s best chance to score was in the second when Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and Denton led off with singles. The ‘Saders, however, regrouped to get three outs on two pitches.

In the seventh, Micah Thompson (Waco, Tx / Gatesville HS) got on board with a liner to centerfield. The next three players failed to advance him.

Finally, in the top of the ninth, SAGU failed to score after getting two walks. One was caught stealing. The game ended on a pair of grounders.

Spencer Ming (Joplin, Mo / College Heights Christian), Tali Fletcher (Monohans, Tx / Monohans HS) and Jeremy Cross (Americus, GA / Harker Heights HS) were benefitted with complete games in the field.

About the Lions late slide

Since the team’s record was 13-16 on March 9th, the Lions have gone 1-14 with a pair of forfeits due to a shortage of pitchers.

The last five weeks has taken the glow off a season in which a team filled with 25 freshmen and sophomores had played near .500 ball and, late in games, had a chance to win another seven times. The most wins in school history is 20.

A host of injuries to pitchers and roster issues took their toll down the stretch.

The ballclub has scored an average of 2.4 runs during the 15 game stretch while allowing opponents to reach double figures nine times (10.6 rpg).

During the first 29 games of the season the Lions scored 5.8 runs per outing and allowed 7.6.

Head Coach Jon Shockley hopes to be able to send both Jarrod Pisors (Dallas, Tx / Red Oak HS) and Hayden Killebrew (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS), a local freshman duo, against Tillotson this weekend.

Pisors leads the team with 60 innings pitched, while Killebrew (2-3 record) has tossed 27. The latter has been out for a month with an ailment. The pair are former prep teammates.

SAGU has three current players hitting near or over .300 with Thomas at .384, Denton swinging at a .350 rate and Billy Mee (Fayetteville, NC / Copperas Cove HS) at .298. Denton is tops in runs batted in with 31.

Thomas, also from Red Oak, would be fifth in the RRAC if he had enough at bats. Denton’s average ranks No. 16 while his RBI’s places him at No. 13.

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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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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