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February 21, 2020

Waxahachie, TX- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Baseball team kicked off a three-game series with a doubleheader on Friday afternoon against Huston-Tillotson University (HTU). The Lions (13-5, 0-0) had their nine-game winning streak snapped as they dropped both games to the Rams (6-7-1, 0-0). HTU took the first game by the score of 4-2 and the second game 9-4.      

Game 1

Top Performers

  • Hunter Watson (SO/Whitney, TX) did a little bit of everything for the Lions as he had one RBI, scored a run and led the team in hits with 2.
    Joseph Vazquez had an RBI and scored 2 runs against HTU
  • Joseph Vazquez (SO/Katy, TX) knocked in the other SAGU run on his lone hit of the game.
  • JV Verdin (FR/Dallas, TX) added a hit and a run of his own.
  • Ben Bills (JR/York, PA) pitched 7.0 inning, struck out 7 while giving up 6 hits and surrendering 4 runs (3 ER).
  • SAGU hit .230 for the game.

Lions Review

  • Bills retired the Rams in order in the top of the first. Vazquez doubled in the bottom of the first and Kyle Coolidge (SR/Newberry Park, CA) added a walk to threaten HTU. Unfortunately for the Lions, they couldn’t capitalize.
  • Bills found himself in trouble in the top of the 2nd inning. Two hits and a passed ball led to 3 runs for HTU.
  • Watson singled in the bottom of the 3rd inning and Vazquez eventually got him home on a sacrifice fly as HTU led 3-1 moving to the 4th inning.
  • The first two Rams batters struck out in the top of the 4th inning, but Bills gave up a walk that eventually led to another HTU run.
  • SAGU had their first two batters reach on hits and eventually scored a run off of a Watson single.  The Lions trailed 4-2 going into the 5th inning.
  • There was only one more hit throughout the course of the game as the Rams eventually took the opener 4-2.

Game 2

Top Performers

  • JV Verdin led the way with 2 RBI for the Lions
  • Ben Bills managed two hits, the most for a SAGU player during the second game.
  • Joseph Vazquez scored 2 runs and had the lone extra-base hit for the Lions.
  • SAGU hit just .166 for the game
  • Kolby Clark (FR/Waco, TX) was saddled with the loss, but SAGU had a collective pitching effort that featured Dennis Smith (JR/Jewett, TX), Augustin Martinez (SR/Sugarland, TX), Damian Garcia (SR/Palmer, TX), Justin De Los Santos (FR/Corpus Christi, TX) and Logan Mann (JR/New Bloomfield, PA). That group combined to give up 12 hits, 9 earned runs, surrender 7 walks and strike out 11 batters.

Lions Review

  • The first two innings didn’t feature much offense as the teams combined for just one hit.
  • Three straight hits by HTU broke the scoreless tie, but the Rams weren’t done. SAGU hit two batters and surrendered another hit. The Lions found themselves down 4-0 after a big HTU inning.
  • The Rams posted 4 more tuns in the 4th inning thanks to 4 hits. The biggest of which was a two-run home run. Rams were up big 8-0 moving to the bottom of the inning.
  • Ryan Cole (JR/Longview, TX) scored for SAGU after a Vazquez double. Verdin knocked in Vazquez later in the inning to cut the lead to 8-2.
  • The Lions added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning but did it with no hits. A combination of hit batters and walks saw the HTU lead shrink to 8-4.
  • The Rams added 1 more run in the 7th with SAGU failing to put anything together and losing 9-4.

What’s Next

SAGU and HTU will play another doubleheader in Austin, TX on February 25th beginning at 1:00 pm.

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