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February 14, 2020

Waxahachie, TX- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Baseball team was in action Friday afternoon as they played a doubleheader with Houston-Victoria (Texas) (HUV). The Lions (10-3, 0-0) took both games against the Jaguars (1-5, 0-0) by the score of 7-0 in the first game and 12-6 in the second game.

Ryan Cole knocked in 3 RBI against HVU

Game 1

Top Performers

  • Ben Bills ( JR/York, PA ) pitched seven scoreless innings. He gave up just 3 hits while striking out 8 HVU batters.
  • Ryan Cole ( JR/Longview, TX ) had an excellent game at the plate as he had 3 hits, 3 RBI, and scored 1 run.
  • Hunter Watson ( SO/Whitney, TX ) and Sonny Boyd ( SO/Mansfield, TX ) led the Lions in runs scored with 2 each.
  • SAGU hit .320 as a team, while their defense and pitching held the Jaguars to batting just .125 collectively.

Lions Review

  • Bills gave up a double in the first inning but rebounded nicely striking out the side in the first inning.
  • Joseph Vazquez ( SO/Katy, TX ) reached first base after an HVU error, but the Lions couldn’t score. The teams remained scoreless moving to the 2nd inning.
  • Bills only needed 6 pitches to get through the 2 nd inning, but the Lions were retired in order in the bottom of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
  • Cole pushed the first run across on a bunt in the bottom of the 3 rd inning. Vazquez and AJ Munoz added a couple of singles to push the lead to 4-0 heading into the 4 th inning.
  • The Lions followed with 3 more runs in the 4 th inning thanks to a double by Cole.
  • The Jaguars managed only three hits through seven innings as Bills helped the Lions maintain the lead and ultimately win 7-0.

Game 2

Top Performers

  • JV Verdin ( FR/Dallas, TX ) had 3 hits drove in 4 RBI and scored 3 runs for the Lions.
  • Hunter Watson managed 3 hits of his own.
  • Ben Bills was also able to score 3 runs for SAGU in a game full of offense.
  • The Lions’ bats were hot as they combined to hit .351 as a team.
  • Augustin Martinez ( SR/Sugarland, TX ) got the win as he gave up 7 hits, 4 earned runs and 5 strikeouts.

Lions Review

  • The Jaguars jumped on the board quickly in the 1 st inning stringing together 3 hits and scoring 2 runs to put SAGU on their heels.
  • SAGU answered back in the 2 nd inning scoring 3 runs on three-straight singles.
  • The Lions posted 4 runs in the bottom of the 3 rd inning with assistance from HVU in the form of a walk and an error.
  • SAGU’s 7-2 lead was cut into as the Jaguars scored twice in the top of the 4 th inning to make it 7-4 Lions.
  • The Lions halted any thoughts of a comeback in the bottom of the 4 th inning as they added 5 runs to take a commanding 12-4 lead over HVU.
  • SAGU went scoreless for the rest of the game, but HVU was only able to manage 2 more runs. The Lions took the game 12-6 and the 2-0 sweep of the Jaguars.

What’s Next

SAGU will be back in action at home tomorrow February 15 th at 12:00 pm as they battle Texas College. The second game of the doubleheader will begin 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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