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March 7, 2020

Bethany, OK- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Baseball team hit the diamond again on Saturday afternoon as the looked to finish their series with Southwestern Christian University (SCU). The Lions (17-8, 2-3) split the doubleheader with Eagles (15-8, 2-3) as SCU took the first game 3-2 but SAGU answered with a 6-4 win of their own. This series had historical relevance for the Lions as it marks the first time SAGU has beaten SCU in the regular season in a single game and in a series since 2014.

Ben Bills hit the go-ahead home run to beat SCU

Game 1

Top Performers

  • Hunter Watson ( SO/Whitney, TX ) and Tanner Lindle ( SR/Coppell, TX ) led the Lions with 2 hits each.
  • Watson and Sonny Boyd ( SO/Mansfield, TX ) combined for the only two RBI for SAGU.
  • Kyle Coolidge ( SR/Newberry Park, CA ) and Eric Crum ( FR/Kyle, TX ) scored 1 run each on the day.
  • SAGU hit .233 as a team
  • It was a sloppy game as the teams combined for 6 errors, and a total of 20 base runners stranded.
  • Augustin Martinez ( SR/Sugarland, TX ) had a solid outing pitching 5.1 innings allowing just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out 7 batters while walking just two Eagles.

Lions Review

  • Watson started off the game with a single, but then the Lions were retired in order to close the top of the inning.
  • Martinez committed an error and walked a batter but escaped the bottom of the inning without any damage being done.
  • Coolidge and Lindle each picked up hits to start the top of the 2 nd inning. The Lions were able to cash in with 2 runs thanks to an error and a single by Watson.
  • Martinez gave up a triple but struck out the final two batters to preserve the Lions lead at 2-0.
  • SAGU threatened with a runner in scoring position although they didn’t record a hit in the inning, SCU managed to get out of the jam without issue.
  • The Eagles cut the deficit in half with a pair of doubles in the bottom of the 3 rd .
  • SCU tied the game up 2-2 in the bottom of the 5 th inning.
  • The Lions missed an opportunity in the 6 th as Justin De Los Santos ( FR/Corpus Christi, TX ) got on base with a walk. He eventually made his way to third, but SAGU couldn’t push the go ahead run across.
  • SAGU had another chance in the 7 th with two runners in scoring position but again failed to get anyone home as the game remained 2-2.
  • The Eagles capitalized in their half of the 7 th inning as they won on a walk-off double to take the win 3-2.

Game 2

Top Performers

  • Ben Bills ( JR/York, PA ) totaled 3 RBI to lead the Lions.
  • Six different Lions scored a run in the victory.
  • Coolidge had the hot bat going 3-3 from the plate.
  • SAGU hit .269 as a team for the game.
  • The Lions won despite another sloppy game defensively as they committed 4 more errors.
  • Dennis Smith ( JR/Jewett, TX ) and Kolby Clark ( FR/Waco, TX ) combined to pitch 7.0 innings giving up 5 hits, but no earned runs walking 5 batters and striking out 4 others.

Lions Review

  • The teams played a quick first inning with no hits and no runs.
  • SAGU got on the board with a 2-0 lead thanks in part by a Lindle double which scored Coolidge. Lindle would later score on a sac fly.
  • A couple of singles and a passed ball by SAGU allowed SCU to score as the Lions remained ahead 2-1 after two innings.
  • SCU took advantage of a SAGU error as they manufactured the tying run after a single.
  • SAGU took the lead right back in the 5 th inning after Bills pushed a run through after a fielder’s choice and then Ryan Cole ( JR/Longview, TX ) scored off of a Coolidge single. Lions up 4-2.
  • SCU would score a run in each of the next two innings to see the teams locked up 4-4 moving into the 7 th inning.
  • The Lions climbed back on top after a two-run homerun the hopped off the bat of Bills giving the Lions the 6-4 advantage. SAGU would go on to win by the same score.

What’s Next

SAGU will travel back home as they will host a three-game series against Oklahoma City University. The first game will be held on Friday, March 13 th at 7:00 pm.

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