The Lady Flames now sit at 18-21 on the year and 8-13 in GSC action. The Lady Statesmen improve to 18-20 overall, 11-12 in conference play.
Lee will face another tough test as they head to North Georgia Tuesday for a non-conference twinbill. The Lady Flames will look to exact some revenge on the Nighthawks after dropping a pair to the Georgia club back in February.
The Lee softball team dropped the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader with Delta State by a final of 6-3.
Kaitlin Moore started things off for the Lady Statesmen with a two-run double in the first inning off Lee starter Angie Hughes.
The Lady Flames answered with a solo run in the top of the second frame as sophomore Amanda Lynn drew a bases loaded walk to score Amber Broome.
Delta State opened things up with a three spot in the fourth inning. M. Alavarez drove in a run with a single and was followed by Amber Adcok's two-run single. Brooke Cline extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth inning as she launched a home run to left center to chase Hughes from the contest.
Hughes (11-11) worked 4 1/3 innings for the Lady Flames in the losing effort. The sophomore was tagged with six runs on nine hits. She struck out four but walked five.
Annabeth Pruett was effective in relief for Lee. The freshman pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings giving up a pair of hits.
Miller Maddox (4-5) was the winning pitcher for the home team. Maddox worked the full seven innings and scattered seven hits allowing three runs. She walked three and struck out three.
Lee attempted a comeback with two runs in the sixth inning. Lynn singled in a run and finished the contest with two hits and two RBI. Lexie Dean drove in the second run of the frame on a groundout.
Senior Ana Coscorrosa added a single while freshman Jesse Giles made the most of her start in right field with a pair of singles, a walk and a run scored.
The two clubs are currently squaring off in game two of Saturday's twin bill.
LADY STATESMEN 6,
LADY FALMES 5
A four-run sixth inning proved to much for the Lady Flames to overcome as they fell to Delta State 6-5 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.
Once again Moore made her presence felt early with a run-scoring single in the first inning for the home team. She would eventually come around to score in the inning on a wild pitch by Lee starter Annabeth Pruett.
Forced to play catch up again, the Lady Flames responded with a two-run second as freshmen Jesse Giles continued to swing a hot bat with a two-run homer to center field to even things up at 2-2.
Ana Coscorrosa smashed her seventh home run of the year in the fourth inning to give Lee a 3-2 advantage. Fellow senior Meg Macia followed with a RBI-single to left center in the fifth inning to briefly extend the lead to 4-2.
The home half of the fifth proved to be the difference as the Lady Statesmen pushed across a run on a Lee throwing error before Madison Zoeller delivered a three-run homer to put Delta State up for good.
Coscorrosa brought the Lady Flames within one in their final at bat with a run-scoring single. The comeback fell short however as Macie Wilde (5-7) worked out of the jam to preserve the victory and series win for the Lady Statesmen.
Pruett was tagged with the loss after pitching four innings. The freshman gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits. Hailey Clark worked two scoreless innings in relief surrendering three hits.
Tucker started in the circle for Delta State. She worked 3 1/3 innings giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Wilde pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and was charged with two runs on five hits while striking out four.
LADY FLAMES 5,
LADY STATESMEN 3
Led by solid pitching from Angie Hughes and great production from the top of the lineup, the Lee softball team topped Delta State 5-3 in Gulf South Conference action Friday evening.
Hughes (11-10) worked all seven innings in the circle for the Lady Flames giving up three runs on eight hits to move above the .500 mark on the season.
Speedster Amanda Lynn recorded two singles, stole a base and scored a run to jump start the Lee offense. Lexie Dean continued her tear at the plate finishing a perfect 3 for 3. Senior Ana Coscorrosa drove in a run and singled twice.
Taylor Tucker (9-8) started for the Lady Statesmen and was tagged with the loss. Tucker pitched the full seven innings yielding five runs on nine hits. She struck out four and walked a pair.
Lee struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning. After a Lady Statesmen error plated the first run for the Lady Flames Meghan Macias scored when Dominique Hannah swiped second on a double steal.
The Lady Flames scored two more in the fifth inning when Dean and Lynn scored on a Lady Statesmen throwing error after a Coscorrosa single to left center.
Neither team recorded an extra base hit in the contest. Lee made the most of its nine singles leaving just five runners on. The Lady Statesmen struggled to find the big hit off of Hughes leaving 10 runners on.
The Lady Statesmen climbed back into the game with two runs in the home half of the fifth. Kaitlin Moore ripped a two-run single up the middle to cut the lead in half. An RBI groundout by Memrie Corely pulled the home team within one in the sixth inning before Hughes slammed the door on the comeback effort.
Lee added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Coscorrosa singled in Laurel Allen for her team-leading 51st RBI of the year.
The victory marks the third straight victory for the Lady Flames as they move to 18-19 overall and 8-11 in conference play. The loss drops Delta State to 16-20 on the year and 9-12 in GSC games.