Friday Sports Summary
Baseball earns split, Softball is swept
Today's menu: 5 games, three at home
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Action on the diamond was aplenty for fans of college softball and baseball on Friday afternoon. Southwestern Assemblies of God University played host to a pair of doubleheaders, losing one and splitting the other.
The second year SAGU Lady Lions faced one of the best teams in the Red River Athletic Conference, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the results revealed the experienced Saints rolled.
OLLU, 28-18 last spring, won the first game in an 8-0 shutout. The Halos took the next game with a 16-2 triumph. The games were played on campus.
Saturday’s solo game on campus is set for 10:00am. It was moved up to an earlier start due to potential weather issues.
Temperatures are expected to reach a high in the middle 40s with a 20% chance of scattered showers from 10am until mid-afternoon.
Thunderstorms in the region are possible (40%) from 4pm through Sunday. Southeasterly winds of 15 mph are also factors.
SAGU opened a four-game weekend series against Kansas Wesleyan University at the Waxahachie Sports Complex (across from the Show Biz Theatre at Broadhead and 287).
The Lions grabbed the first contest with a 10-2 victory before coming up short in the nightcap, 7-4. SAGU now has a 7-5 won-lost record.
Today’s twinbill is slated for a noon first-pitch. The series concludes with the fourth game, starting 30 minutes after the first game today at the WSC.
A detailed story of all weekend’s games, including Friday's, will be posted on Sunday.
SAGU’s Shannen (Davis) Nance held the Lady Saints in check until the fifth inning. She yielded six hits and just two runs until OLLU broke the game open with three runs in both the fifth and sixth, combining for another six hits. Nance, a sophomore, did not issue a walk and struck out four.
The Lady Lions were outhit 12-5, with catcher Heather Wyatt going 2-for-2 and Kelsey Coburn adding a 2-for-3 game.
In the second game the Blue Halos capitalized on seven hits, two walks and an error to score nine runs in the first, paving the way to the 16-2 win.
The Lady Lions threatened several times, but struggled to deliver a two out hit with runners in scoring position.
OLLU held only an 11-10 edge in hits, but they cashed in on 11 walks. SAGU managed three.
Blayr Huff was one of four Purple Pride players with two hits apiece. She was 2-for-2, while Coburn, Loni Jimenez and Cassandra Mata all went 2-for-3.
Jimenez and Huff had the Lions runs batted in, with Coburn and Jimenez scoring runs.
Hayden Killebrew pitched a complete game six-hitter to even his season record at 1-1. He walked two and struck out.
The Lions trailed 1-0 until the sixth, when they erupted for 10 runs on six hits against three Coyote relievers. Four walks and two hit batters set the stage for the big inning.
Jacob Spivey’s RBI single to rightfield broke the game open. He enjoyed a 3-for-4 game.
Kansas Wesleyan scored single runs in the first and the seventh.
In the nightcap the Lions fell behind 5-1 through four innings and, while they had their chances to rally, couldn’t complete a comeback.
Josh Pisors went five and two thirds of an inning, surrendering five runs on six hits. He walked a pair and fanned three.
Billy Mee went 3-for-4 and knocked in two of the four runs.
SAGU loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Mee lined a single to left-center and Taylor Froelich’s infield fly over first base, just beyond the dirt, allowed another run to scamper home.
Rusty Hensel, who had an RBI hit in the first game, smacked a deep drive in the gap that was caught to end the game. He represented the tying run.
SAGU is likely to start Skyler Gilstrap (2-0) in the first game today, with Spivey getting the nod for the second game.
SAGU is in Houston for a pair of afternoon games against the University of St. Thomas. The Lady Lions begin at 2:00pm, while the Lions have a 4pm opening tip.
No report of available livestream or Live Stats is available. Updates will be announced during the baseball games.
Video highlights of Thursday's home games against Huston-Tillotson University can now be seen on the SAGU Sports Live Facebook page.
Southwestern's women's team is fighting for a berth in the RRAC tourney. Team Lioness, currently in 8th place (the top eight teams qualify), are 8-17 overall and 5-13 in league play. They are 2-10 on the road.
The Lady Celts are playing in just their second season of existence. They are 13-12 in all games, while their 9-8 conference mark is good for fifth place. St. Thomas is 8-3 inside the Jerabeck Athletic & Activity Center.
The #13 ranked Lions men's team will put their 13-game winning streak and perfect 12-0 road record on the line against the Celts, who are 18-5 overall. SAGU is 22-3.
The game is a key match-up of the first place Lions (16-2 in the RRAC) and the third place Celts (13-4). UST owns the league's best home record at 10-1.