Johnson pitches, hits SAGU to softball sweep
Lady Lions powered by Wyatt HR and triple
Team travels to New Mexico for four-game series
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University swept a softball doubleheader from Texas College on Thursday, 9-4 and 12-4, on the strength of good pitching and an opportunistic offense.
The Lady Lions, now 3-1, collected six hits in each game, and, combined with three batters who were hit by pitches and an additional 14 walks, had a steady amount of baserunners.
The Steers (1-3) committed a dozen errors, six in each game, aiding the SAGU cause.
SAGU, who split with Texas College last week, took all three games a year ago. Head Coach Tim Grant’s squad now own a 7-3 lead in the series.
Next up for Team Purple is a four-game weekend series against the University of the Southwest. The Lady Mustangs carry a 4-2 mark into the Friday-Saturday doubleheaders.
Here is a summary of Thursday’s twinbill:
GAME ONE: Lady Lions 9-4
SAGU broke a fourth inning 4-4 tie by scoring the final five runs of the contest. In fact, they scored in every frame.
Sophomore Blayr Huff (Keller, TX / Liberty Christian HS ) started and went the first three innings. She allowed three runs, only one of them earned. She walked two and struck out six batters before giving way to freshman Brittney Johnson (Tahlequah, Ok / Tahlequah HS).
The right-hander (2-0) earned the victory with a solid performance. Johnson allowed two hits, one walk and one run. She retired nine of the 16 batters she faced by striking them out.
At the plate the Lions took advantage of nine walks and six hits.
What turned out to be the game-winning tally scored in the bottom of the fourth. Amber Gignac (Houston, Tx ) beat out an infield single to third to score Johnson to go up, 5-4.
Huff smashed a deep drive to right-centerfield for a two-out triple. She scampered home on a passed ball.
They put the game away with a 3-spot in the sixth. After cashing in on two runs with the benefit of a hit, the Lady Lions tacked on their final run.
Senior catcher Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, Tx / Brazoswood HS ) pounded a triple down the rightfield line. As it rolled to the fence Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS ) dashed home from third base.
Johnson led the attack with two hits in three trips to the plate. She also scored three times. No one else had more than one base hit.
GAME TWO: Lady Lions 12-4
The second game was a carbon copy of the first. SAGU overcame a 4-3 deficit in the fourth, once again breaking into the lead with six runs.
Huff started the rally with a single to center. One walk and two stolen bases sandwiched three errors for four runs.
Coburn was hugging third when Wyatt stepped in with two outs. On a 2-2 pitch she pulled a frozen rope down the line, clearing the fence for 9-4 lead.
They tacked on three more in the fifth, once again fueled by a trio of Texas College errors. Johnson stroked a single to left to knock in Huff. Johnson tagged and scored Iliana Jimenez’ deep fly to left to finished the game on the eight-run mercy rule.
Huff picked up the win (1-1) for hurling four innings. She permitted four runs, all earned, on five hits.
Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS) collected a pair of hits in three at bats. Johnson registered three runs and three runs batted in. Coburn also delivered three runs and Wyatt added 2 RBI.
Jimenez, Huff and Gignac all scored two times.
Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 final inning, fanning two.
Through four games the Lady Lions RBI leader is Wyatt. Her nine run-producing hits equaled her season total from a year ago. She leads the Sooner Athletic Conference in ribbies.
Plus, her 1.182 slugging percentage (13 total bases on 11 base hits) ranks third in the league. Wyatt is No. 5 in batting with a .455 average.
Jimenez and Coburn support her with eight and six ribbies respectively.