Bulldogs bite Lions, get away with 11-1 win
SAGU leaves ten runners on base in first five innings
Denton, Threadgill, Gentle lead with seven of team's nine hits
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University racked up nine hits and stranded eleven baserunners in an 11-1 defeat at the hands of Jarvis Christian College on Tuesday at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The Lions (14-17 record) had plenty of scoring opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings. Jarvis (16-10), the second place team in the Red River Athletic Conference, scored three runs, all with two outs, in the third inning.
Jonathan Santiago (Arlington, Tx / Bowie HS), making his first mound appearance this season, didn’t allow a hit until the tenth batter. Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksbrg HS) relieved in the fourth.
The Bulldogs, 5th in the NAIA in stealing bases with 89, swiped their first in the third.
The Lions' long arm of the law, Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS), became Gentle’s battery mate when both switched positions.
Jarvis wasted little time before testing him. Their first man on base tried his luck.
Denton nailed him with a pinpoint throw to Santiago at second. They did not try again.
Teams have failed at that experiment in six of seven attempts in the past three games.
The Bulldogs broke the game open with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Nine hits, three of them for extra bases, helped Jarvis build an 11-0 lead.
Joshua Zaragoza pitched a complete game, spreading out the nine singles by the Lions. He walked one and struck out three.
Sophomore Raul Castro (Garland, Tx / Hillsdale College) shutdown the ‘Hounds over the last few innings, allowing just a pair of infield hits.
SAGU got on the board in the seventh.
Gentle got it started when his ground smash to shortstop was too hot to handle. Denton pounded a single that just missed the chalk on the leftfield line as Gentle jetted to third.
Bryant Threadill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Christian College) then muscled a sacrifice fly ball to right that allowed Gentle to tag and dart past the dish. The next two batters flew out to end the game.
Denton banged three hits in four trips to the plate. Gentle and Threadgill each generated two hits while senior Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and Santiago both had hits.
Threadgill elevated his batting average to .379 while Gentle improved to .308. The team now has eleven players with ten or more hits this season.
By safely hitting three times, Denton raised his batting average to .424, fifth best in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
One of the game’s best defensive plays was turned in by centerfielder Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS). He charged forward and snared a sinking, looping liner so smoothly it looked routine.
After winning back-to-back league series the listless showing against a good ballclub was an aberration from the Lions’ recent play.
On Deck: USAO this weekend in Okla., host St. Greg's on April 4-5
SAGU will suit up again this weekend with a big three-game series in Chickasha, Ok. against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO).
The Lions will play a nine-inning game against the Drovers (12-16 / 3-9 in SAC) at 3:00pm on Friday. On tap for Saturday is a twinbill that begins at 1:00pm at the Bill Smith Ballpark.
LiveStats or video livestream access has not been announced yet, though both remain possible. For access, check: http://usao.edu/sports
Chickasha (CHIK-ah-SHAY) is 47 miles northeast of Lawton. Overall it's 227 miles from Waxahachie.
The team’s next home series is the following weekend, April 4-5, when St. Gregory’s University visits.
SAGU’s team totals continue to reveal progress this spring.
Through 31 games the squad’s .952 fielding percentage ranks 4th best in the SAC. A 4.85 earned run average is 5th, the same as the Lions’ .287 batting average.
Player Statistics: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/IndividualStats.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&sea=NAIMBA_2014&team=1778