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Belisle drives in game winner, defense shines

SAGU snaps slump in style; play at home on Thursday


SMILES EVERYONE: The battery mates, pitcher Hannah Lee and catcher Heather Wyatt, had plenty of reasons to smile on Tuesday.IRVING, Texas  --  They didn’t resort to making dirt angels in the infield, but members of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University softball team must be forgiven for acts of giddiness.

The team hadn’t tasted victory in six weeks before Tuesday night. In fact, their unwinning ways had stretched to 25 games. Until Tuesday.

SAGU rallied for a 6-5 victory in the first game of a doubleheader over the University of Dallas and then did the unthinkable. They routed the Lady Crusaders 12-4 in the nightcap to create what before seemed unreasonable: a winning streak!

The drought included several last inning setbacks. Coupled with the loss of key players to injuries, ending the dearth of dubyas (‘W’ as in wins) was dim.

Players related well to Dr. Seuss in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“When you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”


Still, Head Coach Tim Grant’s Lady Lions kept battling.

After losing a 3-0 first inning lead the Purple Pride scored an unearned run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Freshman pitcher Hannah Lee (Hardinsburg, Ky / Breckinridge HS) escaped a jam against the Crusaders in their next at bat to give her team another chance.

Senior catcher Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, Tx / Brazoswood HS) walked to start the top of the seventh. She advanced on a sacrifice bunt to the first baseman by Lee. A groundout later she was hugging third when Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS) (bah-LIE-yul) strode to the plate with two outs.

The outfielder from the Left Coast then cracked a sinking line-drive into the outfield. U-of-D’s Avery Finch charged from centerfield and launched herself forward in a diving bid to snare Belisle’s blast. It drew turf before leather as Wyatt darted across the dish with the lead.

Protecting the lead in the bottom of the seventh, Lee, who had been tagged for two homers by Alex Compte, faced the top of the order.

The first batter drilled a screamer that third baseman Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS), standing at the hot corner, gloved for the first out.

The ensuing batter did similarly, smacking one down the leftfield line. Belisle, secured “she-ro” status by laying out and latching onto the would-be double.

Lee wisely walked Compte before retiring the next batter on a ground ball to earn a well-deserved victory.

Belisle and Lynette Riggs (Leupp, Az / Flagstaff HS) led the team with two hits each. Coburn scored twice and drove in a run with a first inning double. SAGU collected eight hits and four walks.

Lee picked up the win, her team-leading fourth, by scattering nine hits over seven innings. She walked two and struck out three while allowing five runs, one of them unearned.

Britney Johnson (Tahlequah, Ok / Tahlequah HS), the team’s leading hitter (.355) had to sit out the twinbill. It brought her total of missed games to 16 due to ailments. She still relished the win from the bench. The right-handed pitcher plans to play in the final homestand next week.

“The highlights of the night was Kelsey’s line-shot catch and the diving catch by Amber. We were up by one and those catches, back to back, made a huge difference in the way the game could have ended.” 

“I wish I could have been part of the win, but it was all them (referring to her teammates). They're amazing! I love my team!”

“We worked together as a team and everything just seemed to fall into place,” chimed in Coburn, who is hitting .331 with 20 RBI. “There was amazing play after amazing play."

“It was truly a great game of softball! You could tell by the energy we had as a team. We never got down on 
ourselves!”

Game Two  /  Lady Lions roll past Crusaders, 12-4


The nightcap was all-SAGU. Rapping 16 hits, all but two of them singles, the team had their hitting shoes firmly laced up.BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Lynette Riggs ripped a pair of hits in both games.
 Riggs, who had two hits entering Tuesday, racked up two in both games. Her single to left-center drove in Amber Gignac (Houston, Tx / Homeschool) with the game’s first run.

The team then added five run outbursts in both the second and third innings to build an eleven run lead en route to a 12-4 conquest.

For just the third time this season, the game was called after five due to the eight-run mercy rule... in SAGU's favor!

Brenda Moody (Alvarado, Tx / Alvarado HS) jump-started the second with a single up the middle. Moments later it was Coburn crushing a two-run double to left.

Wyatt went shopping at the Gap. Her triple to right-center knocked in Coburn. Then it was Lee poking a single through the right side of the infield to make it 6-0.

Meanwhile in the circle, Feliciana Maldonado (Victorville, CA / Victor Valley HS) was pitching a no-hit, shutout until the third. She went on to pick up the win, her first as a pitcher.

In the third frame the team’s knees wobbled. The defense made three errors and Maldo was touched for two hits and a walk. Two runs had scored and the bases were loaded with one out.

The fiery 5’4 sophomore was in a bind.

Compte, the Crusaders’ power queen was next. Maldonado bowed up and retired her on strikes, the last one swinging. She did the same to Alyssabel Garcia.

She finished with a complete game, four-hitter. Surrendering just two earned runs, the right-hander walked one and whiffed a career-best eight batters.

By the time Dallas came to bat in the fourth they trailed 12-2.

Coburn led the assault by going 4-for-4. Gignac, Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian), Wyatt and Riggs all contributed two hits apiece.

Coburn, Wyatt and Riggs also had 2 RBI’s while Gignac and Maldonado led the scoring parade by dashing across the dish three times.

“The Lady Lions never gave up, even when we were behind,” said Assistant Coach Michelle Howington. “We played hard from start to finish of both games.” 

“We were able to put a solid defense on the field and everybody did their part at the plate,” she continued. “The improvement the girls have made since the last time we played U-of-D is something to be very, very proud of.”

The NCAA Division III Crusaders took both ends of a February 8 twinbill, 6-3 and 7-0. UD's overall record dropped to 10-24.

Point of View:  Wyatt and Coburn


Wyatt, who is a senior academically but a sophomore athletically, summed up the sweet performance of her team.

“When we first stepped onto the field I had a feeling things were different than our previous games,” she pointed out. “It was like we were expecting a win.”

“Before we went into our first inning I told the girls to just have fun, play the game they love, and give 100%.”

“In the first game we scored three runs in the first inning and that definitely got us pumped for the rest of the game,” she said. “Although it was a tough game, we buckled down, dug our heels in the sand, and stood strong.”

“The second game was a whole different story,” Wyatt explained. “Our bats were awake and we weren't afraid to use them. Every girl got a hit!”

The 5-foot-8 Wyatt, whose home is 50 miles south of Houston, praised the mound-work of Maldonado.

“Feliciana's change-up was on point. She was striking out their big hitters with multiple change-ups in the same at bat, some even back-to-back.”  

“This was exactly what we needed to finish off our season. I am so proud of everyone. It's a privilege to be called their Captain.”

Coburn credited the win to team chemistry.

“It was flowing tonight,” she said. “The bats were rolling and Hannah and Feliciana pitched great. We were loose, relaxed, and ready to play some ball.”

The team losing skid and batting slump were easily forgotten on Tuesday.

The Lady Lions had the attitude of Yogi Berra, the legendary New York Yankee, who often struggled at the plate.

“Slump?” he once answered to inquiring reporters, “I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting.”

Home Doubleheader on Thursday against SWCU


SAGU will be home this Thursday, April 17, when Southwestern Christian University (12-29 overall / 3-21 in SAC) visits for a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 2:00pm (CST).

Next week the team plays two at Northwood University (Tx) on April 22, then wraps-up the regular season when Hillsdale College (Ok) comes to town in a four-game series, Apr. 25-26.

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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Lions defense fueled offense in 21-10 win

Oct 08, 2013 - Football News

SAGU yields early TD, then post stop signs Defensive playmakers step up everywhere WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Like a seasoned lawyer, John Allen’s defense never rests. But on Sa...

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Tristan sheds light on Lions offense

Tristan sheds light on Lions offense

Oct 08, 2013 - Football News

SAGU breaks through for 3 second half TD's Offensive Coordinator addresses five key components to Lions' big win  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Don’t blame Frank Trist...

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Jeff Howeth honored by CSFL

Jeff Howeth honored by CSFL

Oct 08, 2013 - Football News

Named Defensive Player of the Week in his first game WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Central States Football League has announced that Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Jef...

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Lions roll where the Buffalo roam, 21-10

Lions roll where the Buffalo roam, 21-10

Oct 07, 2013 - Football News

SAGU now 2-2 after second big road victory Moore lifts offense; Howeth, Caston, Johnson lead defensive charge Stats Link  (at the bottom) SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  Afte...

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Lions meet OBU in CSFL opener

Lions meet OBU in CSFL opener

Oct 05, 2013 - Football News

Listen live to SSN audio version SAGU offense looks to test big Bison defense PREVIEW of all NAIA FOOTBALL TEAMS:  http://football.victorysportsnetwork.com/content/home/2013-naia-footb...

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Lightning storm zaps Lions football

Lightning storm zaps Lions football

Sep 29, 2013 - Football News

Oklahoma Baptist hosts SAGU next Saturday  SAGU Sports Network audio broadcast begins SEGUIN, Texas  --  What started with a number of impressive plays by the Southweste...

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Listen to Lions on Saturday at 6pm

Sep 28, 2013 - Football News

SSN launches first-ever Audio broadcast SAGU takes on unbeaten Texas Lutheran SEGUIN, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team is on the road again t...

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Few are 'as good as Golson'

Few are 'as good as Golson'

Sep 26, 2013 - Football News

Lions QB is CSFL Offensive Player of the Week Offensive Coordinator Frank Tristan addresses Golson Click Here for CSFL Weekly WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Central States F...

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Lions defense stuffs Haskell, 19-8

Lions defense stuffs Haskell, 19-8

Sep 23, 2013 - Football News

Golson throws TD's to Griffin, Shelly; runs for 122 SAGU plays at Texas Lutheran on Saturday, 6pm LAWRENCE, Kansas  --  Powered by a defense that had five takeaways, the South...

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Lions at Haskell, Saturday, 1pm

Sep 21, 2013 - Football News

LAWRENCE, Kansas  --  The SOuthwestern Assemblies of God University football team takes to the road today against Haskell Indian Nations University. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm (CST). B...

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Lions fade in second half; lose to HPU, 41-27

Lions fade in second half; lose to HPU, 41-27

Sep 15, 2013 - Football News

Third quarter proves costly, 17-7 lead vanishes  SAGU travels to Kansas to play Haskell next week Box Score link below WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies ...

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Lions, Jackets meet Saturday in rubber match

Lions, Jackets meet Saturday in rubber match

Sep 14, 2013 - Football News

Game kicks off at Lumpkins Stadium at 6pm Golson looks to cap career with third win over HPU Click here for GAME DAY PREVIEW WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Two colleges separated by 1...

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Lions build 20-7 lead but fall in opener

Lions build 20-7 lead but fall in opener

Sep 09, 2013 - Football News

Bethany scores final 28 to spoil SAGU debut Defense shines early, delivering big hits MIDLOTHIAN, Texas  --  What started with much promise after gaining a 20-7 lead ended with So...

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Football Lions make Season Debut

Football Lions make Season Debut

Sep 07, 2013 - Football News

Battle of big-play offenses expected SAGU vs. Bethany College play at Midlothian at noon Click here to view a 13-page GAME DAY PREVIEW WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The much-anticipa...

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Football opener moves to Midlothian

Football opener moves to Midlothian

Aug 21, 2013 - Football News

Media coverage of athletics expands SAGU-Bethany College kickoff set for noon WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football home opener has changed...

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Training camp looms large for Lions

Training camp looms large for Lions

Aug 08, 2013 - Football News

Offense returns eight starters; defense has nine Fans urged to 'Like' new Facebook page, follow Twitter feed WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of football preseason camp fo...

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Triple-digits await Lions on Monday

Triple-digits await Lions on Monday

Aug 06, 2013 - Football News

A carniverous defense likely to lead the Pride Seniors Johnson, Evers play key leadership roles  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When daybreaks next Monday, August 12, triple-digits c...

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Fans vote on Top 25 NAIA football teams

Fans vote on Top 25 NAIA football teams

Jul 12, 2013 - Football News

Victory Sports Network launches new poll Pre-Season Fan Poll deadline on July 31 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- The start of the 2013 college football season is eight weeks away. Fans, however...

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Football schedule has changes

Football schedule has changes

Jun 28, 2013 - Football News

Same 11 opponents, but four game dates adjusted Langston, Bacone College games switch places WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Following a recent meeting of athletic leaders within the Centr...

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Nick Ekanem: Had What it 'Takes'

Nick Ekanem: Had What it 'Takes'

Jun 26, 2013 - Football News

Senior Spotlight on SAGU All-American After Four years of take-aways, Nick gives back  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The athletic career of Nick Ekanem didn’t take the road le...

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