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Point Lookout, Missouri – March 18, 2017- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team was swept by College of the Ozarks in a four-game series.  The Lions are now 10-18 for the season and C of O improved to 15-10.

In game one, SAGU fell 13-4.  The Lions scored one run in the top of the first when Raul Castro singled to shallow right-center, scoring Josh Terry.

In the top of the third, SAGU scored two runs off of two hits and one C of O error.  SAGU’s Chris Wallace tripled to deep right-center, scoring Derrick Clement.  The next run came from when Raul Castro doubled to deep left-center, scoring Chris Wallace.

Heading into the bottom of the fourth, SAGU held the 3-1 lead.  In the bottom of the fourth, C of O scored 10 runs off of seven hits and no SAGU errors.

Game two brought two more home runs despite SAGU’s 7-3 loss.  Second baseman Jake Payonk and pinch hitter Donovan Williams both hit homers.  Payonk’s home run came in the top of the sixth.  Payonk was the first batter up and on a 1-1 count, he homered over the left field fence.

In the top of the seventh inning, Donovan Williams hit a two-run home run over the left field fence on a 0-1 count.  He also scored Derrick Clement who was pinch running for Griffin Glen.

SAGU’s Collin Gifford pitched all six innings for the Lions.  C of O’s Alex Stephens picked up the win on the mound.

Game three started off the closest of all the games.  In the top of the third, SAGU was able to tie the game at one-all after Jake Payonk singled to left-center field, scoring Josh Terry.  Unfortunately, C of O made a double-play to end the inning.

SAGU took the lead in the top of the fourth when Ethan Greiner scored after Jake Roelofs reached first on the fielder’s choice.  The Lions stranded two on base to end the inning.

Unfortunately, the Bobcats scored two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

In game four, SAGU lost 9-2, but the bright spot came when SAGU’s Raul Castro hit a home run in the top of the fourth.  Castro was the first person up and on a 1-1 count, launched one over the center field fence.

Castro went two for three at the plate, scoring both of SAGU’s runs and with one RBI.

SAGU returns to Sooner Athletic Conference play on Friday, March 24, 2017.  They will host Bacone College at 6pm on Friday, and on Saturday (March 25th) they will begin the doubleheader at 1pm. Bacone College is currently 4-24 for the season.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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