Lions crown Tigers, 105-83; Softball team win series, 3-1
The latest on softball, baseball and both basketball teams
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Three teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University played five games on Saturday, completing a weekend in which the trio were involved in nine contests in about 30 hours.
The big winner was the second-year Lady Lions softball team. They trekked to Moore, Oklahoma for a four-game series with Hillsdale College.
SAGU swept a Friday doubleheader, 7-3 and 12-2, then split a pair with the Lady Saints on a sunny, cool day just south of Oklahoma City. Team Purple lost the opener, 9-4, then roared back to take the finale by the same score.
In winning the series, 3-1, Head Coach Tim Grant's team improved their overall season record to 3-4. They have already surpassed last season's win total.
They return to the ball diamond on Tuesday, February 19, with a doubleheader in Irving against the University of Dallas (0-2). The first game begins at 5:00pm. The 7:00pm nightcap will be played under the lights.
Weather forecasters expect a partly sunny sky with temperatures in the low 60's following Monday's foray into the 70's.
Next weekend the team will host Langston University (1-1) in a 3-game set on Feb. 22-23.
Basketball fans took in a clash of contrasts, when SAGU met Paul Quinn College (12-14) in a matinee inside the Sheaffer Center. The Tigers brought an offense that had just scored 161 points in a single game, passing the century mark for the ninth time this season.
They faced a Lions defense that is among the nation's best.
Expecting either a shootout or a contest with midrange-scoring, it was neither. SAGU won in a rout, 105-83.
The results saw the defense crack open a close game with a 38-8 run that gave the Lions a 42-point second half lead. Trailing 22-21, SAGU went on an 11-0 run to lead, 32-22. After the Tigers answered with five points, Southwestern replied with a knockout punch during a 19-0 run.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick's team, now 24-3, extended a 51-30 halftime lead to 84-42 with just over ten minutes remaining. They emptied their bench during the final six minutes. Thirteen players scored in the team's 15th consecutive win.
SAGU has two home dates remaining this week, and both are huge if they are to win their first-ever regular season championship in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The Lions meet Our Lady of the Lake University (18-10), the two-time defending champs, on Thursday night at 7:30pm.
Two seniors will be honored next Saturday, Feb. 23, when Wiley College (14-12) visits at 4:00pm.
SAGU's baseball team ventured into northwest Arkansas for two twinbills against Ecclesia College. The host Royals, after dropping the first game on Friday, 11-9, finished strong in each of the next three games to win the series, 3-1.
Following a 10-8 win in the second game on Friday, Ecclesia rallied to tie the third game in the bottom of the seventh before edging the Lions, 4-3, in the eighth.
In the sendoff game, SAGU built a 5-0 lead through the early innings, then watched the Royals come back for an 11-6 win.
Strong pitching had propelled the Lions in their 8-6 start to the season. Four games in the low 30's in the Ozarks did not serve the hurlers well, who surrendered 34 runs. SAGU totalled 28 as their record dropped to 9-9.
Southwestern is off until next weekend when they begin the RRAC season with a three-game series in Hawkins, Texas against Jarvis Christian College (5-6).
Head Coach Jon Shockley's squad comes back to host Northwood University on March 1-2.
The Lady Lions basketball team welcomes Northwood University (4-20) for a 7:00pm game on Monday night. The Lady Knights won their first meeting, 67-58, in Cedar Hill.
Idle for the past 10-days, the team has slipped from eighth place to 10th in the RRAC standings without playing a single game. Coach Arlon Beadles' club has four games left on their schedule, the next three at home.
Pressure to earn an invitation to the conference tournament is challenging as Team Lioness closes with the top three times in the league.
A more detailed re-cap of each of the games will be posted later this weekend.