Lady Lions lose 10-2 lead, split doubleheader
Wyatt, Jimenez combine to drive in 13 runs
SAGU's 17-9 win at Texas College was record for runs
Box Scores and Play-by-Play (below)
TYLER, Texas -- After rolling to a 17-9 triumph in their debut against Texas College, Southwestern Assemblies of God University blew a 10-2 lead in the second game that witnessed them fall by a 13-12 verdict.
It was the first time in the young program’s history the team won their season opener. The seventeen runs was a record for the Lady Lions.
In SAGU’s inaugural campaign two years ago they struggled to go 2-28. Team Lioness never scored more than six runs in a game and totaled just 41 in thirty games.
Last season the club posted a 13-28 record, reaching double-digits on four occasions. They produced 166 runs.
GAME ONE: SAGU 17-9
Head Coach Tim Grant’s team scored 15 unanswered runs in the first game to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. Texas College added six late runs but never threatened the new-look Lady Lions.
Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, Tx / Brazoswood HS ) swung the heavy lumber. With remaining eligibility, the graduate student ripped three doubles in four trips to the plate.
The 5-foot-8 catcher drove in a game-best four runs. Last season she hit .250 and had just four doubles and nine RBI’s in 36 games.
She wasted little time on Saturday.
In the bottom of the first the team took advantage of the Steers lack of pitching control. Three walks and two batters were hit by a pitch.
A sacrifice fly to leftfield off the bat of Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS ) drove in the first run. When Brenda Moody (Alvarado, Tx / Alvarado HS ) was plunked with a pitch, it forced Illiana Jimenez (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS ) across the plate.
Wyatt, batting with two outs, smashed a gapper to right-centerfield. The double knocked in Jimenez and Blayr Huff (Keller, TX / Liberty Christian HS ).
The Purple Pride came to life in the bottom of the second, scoring eleven times on eight hits. Additionally, three walks and three hit batters helped pave the way for the big inning.
Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS ) pounded a single past the shortstop to drive in a run. Wyatt uncorked another two-run, two-bagger to right-center.
Hayley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS ) poked an RBI single to left before an infield hit by Coburn drove in another score. Belisle and Huff dittoed with infield hits that resulted in runners dashing to the dish.
Belisle joined Wyatt to lead the Lady Lions hit parade with three apiece. Jimenez and Shingleton each had two.
A trio of players scored three times; leftfielder Amber Gignac (Houston, Tx ), Jimenez and Shingleton.
The victory went to freshman hurler Brittney Johnson (Tahlequah, Ok / Tahlequah HS ). She relieved Huff, the starter, and tossed four innings. She allowed four hits and three runs, striking out two without issuing a single walk.
GAME TWO: Texas College 13-12
The Lady Lions put runs on the scoreboard in every inning except the last. It was also the only frame they failed to produce a hit or a baserunner. It proved costly.
SAGU had a 10-2 lead heading into the fifth inning. That’s when the Lady Steers came to life, scoring 11 times.
They used six hits, four walks, three hit batters and three wild pitches to take what appeared to be a sweep by SAGU. The Pride committed only one error, an errant throw from second base.
Two home runs that inning were the big blows, including a grand slam by Jasmine Bateiste. Essense Vinson followed with a solo shot. Both cleared the fence in centerfield.
Trailing 13-10, the Lady Lions tacked on two runs in the fifth, both coming home on a groundout. In the sixth and final inning, SAGU was retired on a fly out and two infield groundouts.
Team Purple’s big inning was third when they pushed across six runs, all with two outs. Parlaying just two hits and three walks, SAGU benefitted from three wild pitches, two errors and three stolen bases.
Only one run was driven in with a base hit, a single to center by Johnson.
The Lions had two big blows. Jimenez jacked a 2-0 pitch to deep center that knocked in Johnson in the first inning.
Huff muscled a leadoff double into the alley in left-center. She scored on an error two batters later. The Lions left runners stranded at second and third when Shingleton’s fly to left was caught to end the inning.
SAGU totaled seven hits, led by Johnson and Belisle (bah-LIE-yul). Johnson scored three times. Jimenez had four runs batted in with Wyatt adding two.
Huff, a sophomore right-hander, went the distance to absorb the loss. She was touched for 10 hits and five walks while striking out four.
Belisle and Johnson hit .625 and .600 respectively in the doubleheader. Jimenez and Wyatt led in RBI’s with seven and six.
"Far Trek" to New Mexico on tap for next weekend
The team returns to the field next weekend when they travel 402 miles to Hobbs, New Mexico to face the University of the Southwest in a four-game series.
SAGU plays their first 14 games on the road. Their home debut is February 28 and March 1, when No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist University visits.
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