SAGU missed their chances while Wayland sweeps three

Mathis goes 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple in finale

Standings, Box Scores, Player Stats, Photo Gallery (links below)

mathis-dejWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A young Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team had their moments in a three-game home series with Wayland Baptist University over the weekend, but not enough to register any victories.

The veteran Pioneers earned the sweep with scores of 10-3, 5-2 and 11-4, all played on the Lions campus field.

SAGU dropped their fifth straight and fell to 9-11 overall. They are 0-3 against teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Wayland (14-6 / 3-0 in SAC) left town with a six-game win streak.

In the first and third games the Pioneers grabbed an early lead and held SAGU at bay the rest of the way. Friday’s middle contest saw the Lions take a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning before WBU battled back, taking the lead in the sixth and tacking on two more in the seventh.

“I thought our guys played hard in all three games,” Head Coach Sam Blackmon said on Saturday. “Going against such a quality opponent, we have to minimize some of the mistakes we made and capitalize on the opportunities we earn.”

“There were some bright spots,” he added. “I thought Jeremy Cross pitched a great in game two and Dej Mathis had four hits in the third game.”

Clay Gentle swung it well for the series and defensively we played very well up the middle with Preston Hornbeck, Jonathan Santiago and Brock Schneider.”

He also praised Tucker Burt for the many quality pitches he had today. He cited the mound-work of (Pedro) Tres Ortiz on Friday and Hayden Killebrew today.

While outhit collectively by a 39-20 count, SAGU pitchers worked out of a handful of situations to keep their team within striking reach. The evidence; Wayland left 26 runners stranded.

The pitching staff allowed only seven walks in the series while striking out 10 Pioneers. They permitted nine extra-base hits, including one home in each game.

Wayland hurlers collaborated to surrender only three extra-base hits in the series, all by Dej (pronounced deedj) Mathis (Wister, Ok / Wister HS, Bacone College ) in the finale. Lion batters collected only four walks while striking out 24 times. The team left 17 on base.

Individual game summaries:

GAME ONE:  Wayland 10-3

The Lions defense wasted a solid outing by sophomore ace 6'7 Jarrod Pisors (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS ). The first inning set the tone for the game and SAGU couldn’t recover.hornbeck-santiago

An infield hit and a double gave the Pioneers their first run. Then a single was overrun by the leftfielder; the ball rolling to the fence. It was 2-0.

The first of two interference calls against the Lions catcher had runners on the corner before a flair to single gave WBU a 3-0 lead.

Pisors settled down. In the fifth he allowed a walk and, with two outs the Pioneers rapped four singles to extend their lead to 6-0. Pisors was touched for six runs, four of them unearned.

Now, 3-3, he deserved better.

He gave up eight hits, two walks and fanned three. The Lions countered with three in their half of the fifth.

Eric Hagstrom (Universal City, Tx / Lubbock Chr ) reached on a single in front of two batters were hit by a pitch. With a runner on every base, Preston Hornbeck (McKinney, Tx / Heston JC ) drew a walk to force in Hagstrom.

Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS ) looped an RBI single to right-center, the same area that Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksbrg HS ) poked a run-producing hit to pull to within 6-3.

The Pioneers led off the sixth with a homer over the leftfield monster and a deep double off the same wall. Two singles pushed the lead to 9-3 to effectively negate the SAGU rally.

Wayland’s 6’4 senior Tom Bailey (3-1 record) regrouped to retire the next six batters to finish a complete game, seven-hitter. He walked one and whiffed eight.

Denton was the only player in purple with more than one hit, going 2-for-3.

GAME TWO:  Wayland 5-2

Left-hander Jeremy Cross (Americus, Ga / Harker Heights HS [Tx], U. Dallas ) and a splendid performance by the SAGU defense put the Pride in position to win in the second game on Friday.

The Pioneers overcame a 2-1 deficit with single runs in the fourth and sixth, then added two more in the seventh to pull away.

Josh Alexander crushed a 2-0 pitch over the 24-foot fence in left to even the score in the fourth. The Pioneers used a bloop single and a walk before a Damion Lovato single to shallow left drove in the tie-breaking run.

Cross got out of a bases-loaded jam by coaxing a fly ball to centerfielder Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS ) to end the inning.

Cross effectively kept the ball below the radar line, resulting in 10 groundouts, seven of them to Gentle at third.

Wayland’s Mason Taylor (3-1) picked up the win. He and reliever Catchot Duncan scattered six hits to handcuff the SAGU attack.

After the Lions took a 2-1 lead in the third, they managed three separate singles over the final four frames.

Denton again was tops at the plate with a 2-for-3 showing.

GAME THREE:  Wayland 11-4

Hard-throwing righty Tucker Burt (N.Richland Hls, Tx /Westlake Academy ), a freshman, hurled a complete game, but couldn’t tame the Pioneer bats long enough.burt-tucker-purple

He yielded solo runs in the second and third and trailed 2-0 in the fifth. Meanwhile the Lions had just two hits.

In the pivotal fifth the visitors sandwiched a walk with a pair of singles to fill the bags for Lovato (lo-VAH-toe).

The 6’2 senior logged onto the gone network on a 1-0 offering. His grand slam wallop over the monster was his sixth round-tripper of the young season.

By the time the SAGU bats came to life they trailed 10-0.

Mathis smoked a triple deep down the leftfield line that scored two runs. He was straddling third with no outs when Wayland southpaw Taylor Bridges struck out three consecutive batters to quell the uprising.

The freshman, now 2-1, struck out 13 batters and allowed a lone base on balls.

Gentle singled and Mathis lined a double into the alley in right-center to set the table in the bottom of the ninth.

Senior Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS ) grounded out to the shortstop to score Gentle. A grounder off the bat of Josh Terry (Daingerfield, Tx / Daingerfield HS ) was misplayed, granting the final run to cross the plate.

Mathis had four of the team’s seven hits, two doubles and a triple. He knocked in two runs and scored another.

On Deck: SAGU -vs- Texas Wesleyan

The Lions are off until Thursday. They will play No. 20 Texas Wesleyan University (8-7 / 2-0 in SAC) in a doubleheader at Fort Worth’s LaGrave Field. The first game is set for a 2:30pm first pitch.

gentle-snaresTwo days later, Saturday, March 8, SAGU hosts the Rams for a single game on campus at 1:00pm.

“Texas Wesleyan will be a very solid and talented opponent,” acknowledged Coach Blackmon. “They have a strong lineup and are coming off winning two games, one of them a no-hitter against MACU.”

As for the tougher competition in the SAC this spring, the coach added: “I think everyone in the conference will be very capable. Every series will boil down to executing and minimizing mistakes.”

“Wesleyan is a proven winner. We will have to play well and I am confident in our group of guys.”

Individual Notes

Denton is third in the conference in batting with a .452 average.
Hornbeck and Tallon Ralstin (Cortez, Colo / Cortez HS ) are in the Top 20 in runs batted in (RBI) with 11 and 10 respectively.

Denton, Nathan Bish (Euless, Tx / Lyon College (Ark)) and Jonathan Santiago (Arlington, Tx / Bowie HS ) each have nine.

Pisors appears in the Top 10 in earned run average (ERA) with a 2.67. His three wins are second in the league.

Hornbeck, the junior shortstop, is one of a handful of players in the SAC who have yet to commit an error. He is atop the group as he has handled the most chances with 80. His 61 assists (throw outs) is better than the top forty-two players.

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.

Current SAC Standingshttp://www.soonerathletic.org/
Box Scores / Play-by-Play:  http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&sea=NAIMBA_2014&conference=NAIMBA1_SAC&team=1778

Click on the underlined score to view the box score. Click on the split blue box icon on the right for the play-by-play account of the game.

Player Statistics:  http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/IndividualStats.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&sea=NAIMBA_2014&team=1778

Photo Gallery: http://movingpictures.photoreflect.com/

Pictures will be uploaded on Sunday / Monday.
 

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Soccer Lions find their swerve in Kansas

Sep 01, 2013 - Baseball News

Kounas corner kick hooks in for rare goal Ambrosie stars on offense, gets second game-winner WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In 1972 the Billboard charts listed the number one pop tune, by...

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Baseball Lions catch "Killer Bee"

Baseball Lions catch "Killer Bee"

Aug 13, 2013 - Baseball News

Brendan Martinez pens Letter of Intent WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University inked a local player to this year’s baseball recruiting class. Brendan Ma...

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Lions pick Brimberry off Beaumont vine

Lions pick Brimberry off Beaumont vine

Aug 10, 2013 - Baseball News

All-District performer bolsters recruiting class Coach Blackmon's youth movement in full stride WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseb...

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New recruit gets out of Dodge

New recruit gets out of Dodge

Aug 06, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU signs third-baseman, Collin Gifford Lions lasso Dodge City, Kansas standout WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team is filling...

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Bayou State yields Second Baseman

Bayou State yields Second Baseman

Aug 04, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU signs Arcadia's Bruce Johnson Former All-Stater transfers to play for Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has acquired Bruce Johnson as...

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SAGU sinks talons in baseball recruit

SAGU sinks talons in baseball recruit

Aug 04, 2013 - Baseball News

Outfielder from Cortez, Colorado commits to Lions New Coach Sam Blackmon inks outfielder Tallon Ralstin WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Head Coach Sam Blackmon has added a new baseball rec...

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Baseball Lions secure Clay Gentle

Baseball Lions secure Clay Gentle

Aug 03, 2013 - Baseball News

Outfielder hopes to be a 'rock' for SAGU WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced the signing of Clay Gentle, a three-time All-...

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Baseball Lions sign Brock Schneider

Baseball Lions sign Brock Schneider

Jul 29, 2013 - Baseball News

Outfielder was standout for Arlington Martin HS WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- Sam Blackmon has hit the ground running since being introduced as the new Head Coach of baseball at Southwestern Assem...

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SAGU hands reigns to Baseball Lions

SAGU hands reigns to Baseball Lions

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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