Southwestern Assemblies of God University racked up nine hits and stranded eleven baserunners in an 11-1 defeat at the hands of Jarvis Christian College at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The Lions (14-17 record) had plenty of scoring opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings. Jarvis (16-10), the second place team in the Red River Athletic Conference, scored three runs, all with two outs, in the third inning.
Jonathan Santiago, making his first mound appearance this season, didnít allow a hit until the 10th batter. Clay Gentle relieved in the fourth.
The Bulldogs, fifth in the NAIA in stealing bases with 89, swiped their first in the third. The Bulldogs broke the game open with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Nine hits, three of them for extra bases, helped Jarvis build an 11-0 lead.
Sophomore Raul Castro shutdown the Bulldogs over the last few innings, allowing just a pair of infield hits.
SAGU got on the board in the seventh.
Gentle got it started when his ground smash to shortstop was too hot to handle. Denton pounded a single that just missed the chalk on the leftfield line as Gentle jetted to third.
Bryant Threadill then muscled a sacrifice fly ball to right that allowed Gentle to tag and dart past the dish. The next two batters flew out to end the game.
Denton banged three hits in four trips to the plate. Gentle and Threadgill each generated two hits while senior Nick Sheffield, of Maypearl, and Santiago both had hits.
Threadgill elevated his batting average to .379 while Gentle improved to .308. The team now has eleven players with ten or more hits this season.
By safely hitting three times, Denton raised his batting average to .424, fifth best in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
One of the gameís best defensive plays was turned in by centerfielder Brock Schneider. He charged forward and snared a sinking, looping liner so smoothly it looked routine.
After winning back-to-back league series, the listless showing against a good ballclub was an aberration from the Lionsí recent play.
SAGU will suit up again this weekend with a big three-game series in Chickasha, Okla. against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.
The Lions will play against the Drovers (12-16, 3-9 in SAC) at 3 p.m. on Friday. On tap for Saturday is a twinbill that begins at 1 p.m. at the Bill Smith Ballpark.
The teamís next home series is April 4-5, when St. Gregoryís University visits.