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Lady Lions shoot for second win over ranked opponent

Lee, Coburn could hold the key for upset; follow on LiveStats 

Current Standingshttp://www.soonerathletic.org/ 

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Thursday afternoon in Shawnee, forty miles east of Oklahoma City, the women’s softball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University takes to the field as a long shot against No. 5 ranked St. Gregory’s University.

The two teams will play a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm (CST).

Fans can follow the play-by-play account of the games at:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/7.php.   In the right column, under Today, click on the LiveStats icon under the schedule listing of SAGU at St. Gregory’s.

Think the Lady Lions, who bring a 6-30 record and a 17-game losing streak into the twinbill, have a chance?

Yes!  In fact, their last win came on March 4th, on the road, against No. 20 ranked Texas Wesleyan University.

Behind the five-hit pitching of freshman Hannah Lee (Hardinsburg, Ky / Breckinridge HS), the Lady Lions shutout Wesleyan, 2-0, at Sycamore Park. Lee surrendered one walk and struck out six Rams.

It was just the second time the team has blanked an opponent in the young program’s three years. Last season Ashley Abair (Kennedale, Tx / Kennedale HS) whitewashed Hillsdale College, 4-0, with a two-hitter.

In the win over Wesleyan, Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) crushed a solo home run in the first inning to provide the only run Team Purple would need.

Earlier this spring the Lady Lions held a 1-0 lead over No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist University in the fifth inning. A dropped fly ball, the only error by SAGU, sparked a two-run rally as the Lady Bison escaped with a 5-1 victory.

Feliciana Maldonado (Victorville, Cal / Victor Valley HS) pitched that game. She lasted into the sixth inning and failed to give up an earned run. Coburn doubled in the team's only run that day.

St. Gregory’s is 29-5 overall and are 10-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They split with No. 8 Oklahoma City University (31-7) two days ago in a pair of one-run decisions.

Thursday's double-dip is a mismatch statistically.

The Lady Cavaliers lead the Sooner with a collective .369 team batting average. SAGU is last at .227. The Cavs also score 7.56 runs per game; SAGU 2.78.

For Head Coach Tim Grant and his Lady Lions, the opportunity to face a team that is fundamentally strong is why players play the game.

Provided the team gets a solid pitching effort and can back it with good defense and timely hitting, they can spring another upset.

Coburn, who is hitting .309, will be in the line-up. So will Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS), who is batting .391, Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) .346, Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, Tx / Brazoswood HS) .289 and Amber Gignac (Houston, Tx / Homeschool) at 274.

Wyatt leads the club in runs batted in (RBI) with 16. Coburn has 15.

SAGU will be off this weekend before returning home on Tuesday for another big test.

The Lady Lions welcome Oklahoma City to campus on April 8 for a 2:00pm doubleheader.

After the DH with OKC, the Pride has 14 games remaining, with 10 of them at home.

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

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