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February 25, 2020

Austin TX- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) continued its four-game series against Huston-Tillotson University (HTU). This time the Lions (15-5,0-0) were on the road against the Rams (6-9-1, 0-0). SAGU bounced back with two wins against HTU after dropping the first two. The Lions won the opener by the score of 2-0 and followed it up with a 10-1 blowout win.

Ryan Cole scored twice and added a run in the sweep over HTU

Game 1

Top Performers

  • Augustin Martinez ( SR/Sugarland, TX ) was phenomenal on the mound for the Lions. He pitched 7 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits fanning 10 batters in the win.
  • Ryan Cole ( JR/Longview, TX ) had the only SAGU hit on the day and converted it into an RBI.
  • Ben Bills ( JR/York, PA ) walked twice, stole a base, and drove in a run.
  • Hunter Watson ( SO/Whitney, TX ) and Cole Yarbrough ( SO/Palmer, TX ) each scored a run for the Lions.

Lions Review

  • Martinez hit a batter in the bottom of the 1 st inning but escaped without allowing a hit.
  • Yarbrough walked, and Watson was hit by a pitch to put some pressure on the base pads. Cole promptly singled to left field which scored Yarbrough. Bills reached base on a bobbled catch which allowed Watson to come home. SAGU up 2-0 after three innings.
  • The teams would combine for just one hit over the next couple of innings as the scored remained 2-0 Lions.
  • The Lions manufactured baserunners at the top of the 6 th inning with two walks but couldn’t capitalize with any runs.
  • Martinez allowed one single and struck out two more batters to end the game and seal the win for the Lions.

Game 2

Top Performers

  • Dennis Smith ( JR/Jewett, TX ) got the win in the second game as he pitched 5.0 shutout innings allowing only three hits, walking two batters and striking out four batters.
  • Joseph Vazquez ( SO/Katy, TX ) led the Lions in runs scored with 3, but Cole and Watson were right behind him with 2 runs each.
  • Justin De Los Santos ( FR/Corpus Christi, TX ) led SAGU with 2 RBI, but the scoring was balanced as six other Lions had 1 RBI.
  • SAGU hit .200 as a squad

Lions Review

  • Kyle Coolidge ( SR/Newberry Park, CA ) knocked in Watson and Vazquez scored on a stolen base to start the Lions off on the right foot with a 2-0 lead moving into the bottom of the 1 st inning.
  • HTU threatened in the bottom of the 2 nd inning with two hits, but they couldn’t cut into the SAGU lead.
  • Vazquez doubled to right scoring Cole. Eric Crum ( FR/Kyle, TX ) singled to score another run and De Los Santos got a run in off of a sacrifice. In total, the Lions added 4 more runs to increase their lead to 6-0.
  • The next two innings featured no hits by either team.
  • Yarbrough reached base on a walk and then scored thanks to three-consecutive wild pitches. HTU hit two more batters and walked three others to help the Lions tack on 4 more runs as they took a commanding 10-0 lead.
  • HTU did get on the board in the bottom of the 7 th but it was too little too late as the Lions took the win 10-1.

What’s Next

SAGU will be back in action on Friday, February 28 th at 1:00 pm as they host a doubleheader against Wayland Baptist University. This will be the Lions first Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) series of the year.

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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