WAXAHACHIE, TX—The Central Christian College of Kansas baseball team made their second weekend trip down to Texas early on in the season, this time facing Southwestern Assemblies of God University in a three-game series. The games were moved down to Texas due to inclement weather back home in McPherson. It was a hard fought series, but the Tigers were able to take only one game from the Lions, falling in game one 12-2, winning game two 4-3, and losing the rubber match 1-0 on Friday. The game two victory was the Tiger's first Sooner Athletic Conference win of the year.
Game one started out as a tight game, with the Tigers down just 2-1 thanks to Chase Ellison, who scored after reaching base on a double in the top of the third inning. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lions exploded for eight runs on six hits plus an error. The Tigers would get one back in the fifth as Chase Ellison scored again, this time driven in by Tyler Brown. SAGU would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, however, and that would prove to be the final runs of the game. Lions win game one 12-2.
In game two, the Lions came out with the momentum, taking an early 3-0 lead after the third inning, including a solo home run by AJ Munoz. But in the fourth inning, the Tiger offense came to life. Shomari Cann got things kicked off with a leadoff walk, and then proceeded to steal second base. Titus Beachum would reach base next thanks to an error by the SAGU shortstop, advancing Cann to third base. Up next, Josh Clyden laid down a perfect bunt, scoring Cann, moving Beachum to second, and making it safely on base himself. Chase Ellison then hit a big time double down the left field line, driving in Beachum and Clyden to tie up the game at 3-3. Three batters later, Harrison Woods hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Ellison to give the Tigers the 4-3 lead. The Tigers' pitching would step up and shut down the Lions for the rest of the game, with Aydan Rolph and Bailey Jay each putting up two scoreless innings. Tigers win game two 4-3.
For game three on Friday afternoon, both teams' starting pitchers put in a masterful performance. Jared Jones went eight innings for the Tigers, giving up four hits and four walks while striking out eight. For SAGU, Ben Bills went nine innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out 11. The lone run of the game came from the Lions when they scored off a single, but Jones recovered from a bases loaded situation to end the inning. Unfortunately, the Tigers weren't able to get anything going on offense, and the Lions would take the rubber match 1-0.
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday for a single nine inning game at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.