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Lady Lions start on Valentine's Day in Hobbs, New Mexico  

Coach Grant and SAGU begin preseason practices in mid-January

coburn-at-third-looking-to-throwWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The third season of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University softball team is just around the corner. Like the hope that accompanies so much about each spring, the Lady Lions are very hopeful of continued growth.

The burgeoning program has risen from a 2-28 inaugural campaign to 13-24 last spring. Head Coach Tim Grant has assembled a young and improved squad that commences on Valentine’s Day.

SAGU also starts their first season in the Sooner Athletic Conference after spending two years in the Red River Athletic Conference.

The Purple Pride posted a 1-23 league mark in 2012. Predictably, the greenhorns finished last. They rebounded with a 6-18 record against RRAC teams, moving ahead of two teams.

A 50-game itinerary (25 doubleheaders) provides Coach Grant and a roster with a 70% facelift a fresh beginning in a new conference. Ten of the twin bills will be played at home; eight of them on campus.

The other two double-dips are set for the Waxahachie Sports Complex. Those four games, slated for February 28 and March 1, against Oklahoma Baptist University (33-23 in 2013). They are SAGU’s first home dates after opening the season with 12 road games.

In fact, the schedule is back loaded. The final 16 games of the regular season include 14 set for the campus ballpark.

By the time the Lady Lions host Northwood University (29-20) on campus on March 25, the team will have played 28 games, 24 of them on the road.

The Lady Lions, who have 10 new players on their current 14-person roster, enter their third calendar with 16 doubleheaders versus S.A.C. teams. Seven of them are at home.

A national power, the Sooner has had 10 teams finish the season ranked in the NAIA, an average of five per year.

The entire schedule can be accessed at: http://www.sagu.edu/athletics/softball/softball-schedule

The team, who completed fall camp in late October, resume on Monday, January 13, the first day of classes in 2014.

The new season dawns in Hobbs, New Mexico, a 400-mile trek. The Lady Lions will take on the University of the Southwest on Feb. 14-15. USW posted a 25-19 mark in 2013.

SAGU lost three of four games to USW last year. Pitcher Ashley Abair (Kennedale, Tx / Kennedale HS) earned a complete-game, 5-3 victory over the Lady Mustangs.

Third baseman Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) ripped a home run down the leftfield line, the first hit by SAGU at their campus home field.

A preview of the team will be published in a month.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at mwarde@sagu.edu or at 469-658-2847.
 

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