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SAGU now 7-5 following four-game series

Denton HR, Hagstrom 3-run double ignites Lions from 6-1 deficit


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WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University rallied from a 6-1 deficit to claim a 7-6 triumph in earning a split of a doubleheader with Wiley College on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon.

The Lions were held scoreless in the opener, a 5-0 loss the Wildcats. It was the first shutout in twelve games for SAGU.

On Friday they also divided a twinbill, falling 8-6, and then winning 7-6.

The Lions’ won-lost record is now 7-5. They will be out of town until they open conference play on February 28 and March 1. That is when Wayland Baptist University visits town.

SAGU will be back in action next weekend, February 21-22 in a four-game series in Austin against Huston-Tillotson University.

GAME ONE:   Wiley College wins 5-0

The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when they combined three hits and three walks to hang a three-spot on the board. The key hit was a two-run double in the left-centerfield gap by Anthony Purcell.

Wiley added solo runs in the next two frames.

A pair of walks sandwiched one hit in the fifth, where two infield errors allowed one run. Erick Magee ripped an RBI double to left-center to knock in the Cats’ final tally.

Meanwhile, Wiley right-hander Zack Long spread three hits through six innings. He walked three and fanned four. Shawn Palmares tossed a hitless seventh.

SAGU got separate hits in the second, third and fourth innings.

In the second, senior Jared Denton (Mission, Tx / Sharyland HS ) smacked a leadoff double that drew puffs of chalk down the leftfield line. He was stranded following groundouts to second base, a comebacker to the mound and lastly, a hopper to first base.

In the ensuing inning, Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS ) poked a one out single to center in front of a walk to Jonathan Santiago (Arlington, Tx / Bowie HS ).  A 4-6-3 (second to shortstop to first) double play ended the scoring threat.

The team’s final hit came off the bat of Raul Castro (Garland, Tx / Hillsdale College ). His flair to right-centerfield came with two outs. The next batter grounded out.

SAGU managed a lone baserunner over the final three innings, a leadoff walk to Nathan Bish (Euless, Tx / Lyon College (Ark) ) in the fifth.

The Lions used three pitchers, with Pedro “Tres” Ortiz (Lorena, Tx / Lorena HS ) absorbing the loss. He went three and one-third innings, surrendering three earned runs on two hits. He walked four and struck out two. Three of the bases on balls were awarded to batters on tight calls by the umpire.

Bryant Threadgill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Christian College ) permitted five hits and three walks in two and two-thirds. One of the two runs he yielded was earned. He struck out one.

Sal Rico (Houston, Tx / Mt. Carmel ) hurled the seventh, giving up a walk and a strike out.

Wiley outhit the Lions by a 7-3 count and finished with an 8-3 margin in walks.

“We simply walked too many batters,” stated Head Coach Sam Blackmon. “Plus, our approach to our at bats could’ve been a lot better.”

GAME TWO:   SAGU rallies to win 7-6

Wiley grabbed a 6-1 lead after three innings on the strength of seven base hits and three walks.

Keenan Allison, a tall senior outfielder, blasted a solo homer over the 30-foot fence in leftfield, a drive of well over 320 feet.

Jose Cabreja, batting later in the second, pulled a two-run double to leftfield.

They tacked on two more in the third, both crossing the plate on a single to right by Jose Ortiz.

The first four runs, all earned, were charged to left-handed starter Jeremy Cross (Americus, Ga / Harker Heights HS, Univ. of Dallas ). He was touched for five hits and four walks.

Permitting single runs were relievers Rico and Clay Gentle (Fredericksburg, Tx / Fredericksbrg HS ).

SAGU’s only run was supplied when Denton went to the Indonesian island of Krackatoa.

Like the famous volcanic eruption in 1883, he kracked a 1-1 pitch for a solo shot over the leftfield wall in the bottom of the second.

Still trailing 6-1 in the fourth stanza, Team Purp marshaled a six-run inning to seize control of the lead and the game.

The rally bore little resemblance to a big inning at the start. With two outs, two runners were on board via an error and a walk.

Then the hit parade marched down Main Street.

Josh Terry (Daingerfield, Tx / Daingerfield HS ) singled to center to drive in a run. Senior Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS ) smacked a hot shot to third and beat the throw to load the bases for Erick Hagstrom (Universal City, Tx / Lubbock Christian Univ).

A 6’4 transfer sophomore, he unloaded on an opposite field drive that bounded to the fence. The bases-clearing double was the game’s defining hit! He took third on the throw to the plate.

Down 6-5, the Lions were not finished.

Schneider knocked him in with a ground shot near first base. Santiago earned a free pass to first, then, along with Schneider, advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Knotted at six, SAGU scored what turned out to be the winning run. Gentle’s grounder to shortstop forced a high throw as Schneider dashed to the dish.

A groundout ended the rally, but the damage was done. The six run fourth was the result of four hits, two walks, two errors, and a wild pitch.

Castro took the mound as the Lions’ fourth pitcher.

The righty finished the game by blanking the Wildcats on one hit and one walk.

He allowed a one-out double to left-center, and then balked the runner to third.

Bearing down, Castro sat down the next batters on a pop-up to Sheffield at first and a fly to Schneider in left.

The heart of the Wiley order went quietly in the sixth, none getting the ball past the infield.

Nursing the narrowest of margins in the seventh, Castro got the leadoff batter on a groundout. After walking the next man, the 6-foot-2 pitcher set down the last two hitters on infield pops to shortstop Preston Hornbeck (McKinney, Tx / Heston JC ) and in foul territory to Sheffield at first.

“We found ourselves in a hole in the second game,” recalled Blackmon. “But we countered with a series of quality at bats. We had great contribution through the entire lineup.”

Unlike the first game, the bats came alive under duress.

“Denton gets the big home run to start it off,” the coach added, smiling. “Then it was Terry, Sheffield and the big three-run shot by Hagstrom. Schneider’s big hit and hustle paid big dividends too.”

The first year skipper also praised the bullpen.

“Gentle and Castro did a great job of coming in the last innings and keeping game under control for us.”

“I am really proud of the resilience the guys showed in the second game and in the series as a whole.”

The team played similarly in protecting a 7-6 victory on Friday, helping SAGU split the four-game series.

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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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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