Softball Lions in New Mexico
SAGU meets Univ. of the Southwest
Teams to play three games in 24 hours
HOBBS, New Mexico -- After a two week break the women's fast-pitch softball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University returns to action with a three-game set against the University of the Southwest this weekend.
The Lady Lions, playing in their first season, have made the 415-mile trek due west to battle the Lady Mustangs.
USW has won their last five games and bring a 12-10 overall mark into the series. They are 6-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The Phillies have allowed opponents to reach double figures only four times in 22 games, and none in their most recent dozen games.
They have made the RRAC post-season tournament in seven consecutive seasons.
The teams will play a single game tonight at 7:00pm (CST) under the lights before playing a twinbill on Saturday that begins at noon (CST).
Results will be posted here.
Fans can access complete schedules and results from every team in the Red River as well as team and player statistics at www.redriverconference.org.
The Lady Lions top four batters are Iliana Jimenez (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS) and Jessica Smith (Houston, Tx / La Porte HS) ), who are currently batting .333. Kasey Poovey (Nevada, Tx / Community HS) has driven in a team-best four runs to go with her .316 average. Lauren Johnson (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) is hitting at a .300 clip.
Theresa Ballard (Austin, Tx / Homeschool) and Kyla Burke (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) have scored four runs apiece, best on the team.
SAGU makes home debut next weekend
Southwestern's long awaited home opener is next weekend, March 30 and 31, at the team's new on-campus ballpark.
They will take on Huston-Tillotson University at 3:00pm (CST) on Friday. Head Coach Tim Grant's team hosts the HT Lady Rams (3-16 record) in a noon doubleheader the next day.
SAGU (4-8) hopes to finalize make-up dates with Texas College (0-20) before the regular season concludes.
The Lady Lions have added a player, Gabby Bruner (Peaster, Tx / Peaster HS), for the stretch run of the schedule. A senior, Bruner has been a starter on the women's basketball team for four years.
She played prep softball at Peaster High School, which is located near Weatherford, west of Fort Worth.