Softball plays at home today, Saturday
Lady Lions, Warriors play thrice on campus
Double-scoop of softball follows today's solo tilt
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The vastly improved play of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University softball team nears the end of their second season with a three-game homestand this weekend.
The Lady Lions, currently 11-17, play host to Bacone College today and Saturday. The teams will play a single game at 3:00pm today, then return tomorrow for a double scoop of softball that begins at 11:00am.
A year after going 2-28 in their inaugural campaign, the Purple Pride have made clear strides this spring. Even a recent slump of nine losses in succession has done little to diminish their elevated performance.
Head Coach Tim Grant will lead the ballclub into the first of their final nine games. The decision about which of his four pitchers will get the call today wasn't announced yesterday. The coach was returning from Welch, Oklahoma with members of the team who attended the funeral of teammate Sierra Hankins' brother.
Assistant Coach Nathan Nance said the probable starter today would either be Ashley Abair (Kennedale, Tx / Kennedale HS) or Shannen (Davis) Nance (Enid, Ok / Kremlin-Hillsdale HS).
Blayr Huff (Keller, Tx / Liberty Christian) and Feliciana Maldonado (Victorville, Cal / Victor Valley) could see also action.
Following Saturday's first game the team will recognize their two seniors; Cassandra Mata (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS) and Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, TX / Brazoswood HS). After a brief break, the final game in the series will begin.
SAGU will return to the field on Monday, April 15, when Hillsdale College (Ok) visits for a 2:00pm doubleheader. The second game should begin around 4:30pm.
The Lady Lions and Saints have played four times earlier this season, all in Moore, Okla.
SAGU -vs- Bacone Preview
SAGU is third in the RRAC with a team batting average of .311. Bacone is seventh at .294. The Lady Lions are averaging 4.75 runs per game (4th in RRAC) to the Warriors 4.03 (7th). Power numbers show Bacone has an 11-4 edge in homers.
SAGU has two players who currently rank in the Top 10 Batters in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Freshman Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) is second with a robust .432 batting average. The third baseman has 24 RBI and two home runs.
At ninth in the league is Kasey Poovey (Nevada, Tx / Community HS). The infielder is swinging a .378 club with 15 ribbies and one homer. Huff is third on the team at .333. Her 17 RBI is second to Coburn.
Nance has a 6-9 pitching record to lead Team Purple, while Huff is 3-3.
Nance has walked just 10 batters while fanning 32.
The BC Warriors boast of three in the top 11. Tarah Moutray at .426, while both Kelli Costello and Lucy Walter are hitting .373. Moutray leads with six long balls.
The Tribe has two pitchers with seven wins apiece in Taylor Paulson (7-11) and Walter (7-7). Paulson, a senior from Quinlan, Texas, has a 77-17 strike outs to walks ration. As a junior it was 139-39.