CLEVELAND, Ga. — Myles Smith and David Eskew supplied the pitching and Brandon Rader, Cameron Brewster, Derrick Pitts and Corey Davis each homered as Lee powered past host Truett-McConnell 12-1 on Thursday afternoon in the opener of a SSAC three-game series.
The Flames allowed a single run in the first inning when Buck Harris singled and Cam Pearson doubled before Lee hurler Smith joined Eskew in closing the scoring gates for the Bears. In fact, the host club would only pick up two more hits the remainder of the nine-inning contest.
Lee took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning on four straight singles by Karsten Strieby, Mark Silva, Rader and Chris Avey. Rader got an RBI in the inning and Brady Renner knocked in the other run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Flames gave Smith plenty of breathing room in the third when Strieby reach on a hard-hit ball that was ruled an error. Silva ripped a double and collected an RBI, while Rader followed with a two-run shot over the right-field fence.
The margin reached 6-1 in the fourth when Renner walked and Josh Silver collected his third of four hits on the day. Davis stroked a single that scored Renner.
The Flames played long ball again in the sixth inning when Davis drilled a long home run over the left-field fence. Pitts was not about to be outdone and sent his eighth homer of the year over the right-field wall in the seventh.
Brewster came off the bench in the ninth and promptly joined the home run parade. Silver and Pitts countered with singles, while Davis doubled for his third hit of the day. Silver, Pitts and Davis all scored as the Flames reached the final 12-1 margin.
All totaled, Lee had 18 hits and six went for extra bases. Silver's four-hit effort was followed by three hits by Davis and Silva. Pitts and Rader had two knocks apiece and Rader also drove in three runs.
"Smith (9-3) and Eskew did the job for us today," said coach Mark Brew. "I'm told Myles reached 95-96 mph on several occasions." The right-hander allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. Eskew struck out three in two innings and did not surrender a hit. "It is good to see Eskew throwing well. Having another lefty in our overall rotation can certainly help us.
"I was pleased with the way we hit the baseball but again we left too many runners on base (13). Overall, I thought our guys were focused and came out ready to play."
Austin Simpson was the starting and losing Truett-McConnell hurler. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, four earned runs, striking out two and walking two. Ryan Farmer and Aaron Moorhead also hurled for the Bears.
The fourth-ranked Flames improved to 41-10 and were slated to face Truett-McConnell in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon.