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February 15, 2020

Waxahachie, TX- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), were riding a six-game win streak heading into their double-dip with Texas College (TXC) on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (12-3) continued their winning ways as they took both games from the Steers (6-6, 0-0). SAGU finished the first game 6-4 and then followed it up with another win in the second game by the score of 2-1.     

Joseph Vazquez had two massive hits that earned SAGU a sweep of TXC.

Game 1

Top Performers

  • Joseph Vazquez (SO/Katy, TX) had one hit, but it happened to be a three-run home run. It was his third long ball of the season.
  • Kolby Clark (FR/Waco, TX) had 6.1 IP struck out 9 batters while giving up just 2 earned runs.
  • SAGU hit .269 for the game while limiting UTX to just .136 at the plate.
  • Each team was shaky defensively as they committed 3 errors each.
  • Logan Mann (JR/ New Bloomfield, PA) came in as a reliever, pitched just two-thirds of an inning, but ended up with the win for the Lions.

Lions Review

  • Both offenses were struggling early. The first hit came from SAGU’s Kyle Coolidge (SR/Newberry Park, CA) in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
  • The Lions had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but failed to push a run across. The game remained scoreless moving into the 4th inning.
  • A wild throw by SAGU allowed a runner to reach for UTX in the top of the 4th inning. Clark was doing his best at the mound, but the Steers were able to get a run across thanks to a fielder’s choice groundout.
  • After a scoreless 5th inning from each team, Ben Bills (JR/ York, PA) got on base after a misplayed ground ball. Coolidge doubled to right as Bills came all the way around to score and tie the game 1-1.
  • Clark was pulled in the top of the 7th inning as he got in some trouble after a walk and a couple of hits that gave TXC a 3-1 lead. A stolen base and an error by SAGU built the Steers’ lead to 4-1 before moving to the bottom of the inning.
  • The Lions needed a spark and got it thanks to a 5-run inning. TXC got in trouble with careless throws and errors and then Vazquez crushed a home run to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat. The Lions would win the game on that monster hit by a score of 6-4.

Game 2

Top Performers

  • Joseph Vazquez scored a run and knocked in the game-winning run.
  • Ben Bills and Ryan Cole (JR/Longview, TX) led the way with two hits each for SAGU.
  • Justin De Los Santos (FR/Corpus Christi, TX) was hitless but had a couple of good at-bats as he drew two walks to get on base.
  • The Lions hit .240 as a team for the game
  • SAGU missed some opportunities as they left 9 runners on base.

Lions Review

  • Dennis Smith (JR/Jewett, TX) sat down the first three Steers batters.
  • Vazquez scored to give SAGU a 1-0 on a Bills double.
  • Smith gave up a homer to the leadoff batter in the top of the 3rd inning but struck out two batters to limit the damage.
  • Smith retired the next six batters he faced as the game stayed tied 1-1 heading to the 6th inning.
  • SAGU threatened with a runner in scoring position after an early walk, but couldn’t convert it into a run.
  • The game remained tied 1-1 in the 7th inning, but Cole got on base thanks to an error by TXC. Vazquez continued his magical day as he doubled to left-center. That hit allowed Cole to come all the way around from first to score and win the game 2-1 for the Lions.

What’s Next

SAGU will be at home once again on February 18th as they host Dallas Christian College for one game that will begin at 2:00 pm.

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.

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