Lady Flames let lead slip away

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Posted 4/16/18

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Lee softball team let a seventh inning lead slip away in game two, suffering a 4-3 loss and a doubleheader sweep by Delta State in Sunday action to wrap up the GSC weekend …

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Lady Flames let lead slip away

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CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Lee softball team let a seventh inning lead slip away in game two, suffering a 4-3 loss and a doubleheader sweep by Delta State in Sunday action to wrap up the GSC weekend series.

The Lady Flames now sit at 22-26 and 10-17 in the GSC. They are currently a 1.5 games out of the eighth and final spot in the GSC Tournament currently held by Shorter (11-15) with six conference games remaining.  Delta State currently sits in sixth in the league standings at 16-11 and is 25-18 overall.

The Lady Flames opened their series at Delta State on Saturday with a win, outslugging the Lady Statesmen 11-6.

The Lady Statesmen used a four-run fifth inning to break open a close game en route to a 7-2 victory over the Lady Flames in Sunday's opener.

The Lee offense managed just four singles off Delta State's Fullilove (9-3). The Lady Flames still left nine runners on base, however, thanks to eighth walks. Fullilove did have eight strikeouts and allowed two runs, in the complete game win.

Moran singled, scored and walked twice while Abby McKinney singled, walked and scored the final Lee run.

Erika Greek (2-4) also pitched the full game in the circle. The hard-throwing junior allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits. Greek also struggled to find the strike zone yielding seven walks.

Abi Gibson wreaked havoc out of the lead-off spot for Delta State finishing with two singles, two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

In the closer, Claudia Jones drilled a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the Lady Flames up 3-2 in the tightly contested battle.

The Lady Statesmen had the last laugh, however. Jordan Jones and Byrd delivered back-to-back hits with two outs to steal the victory and the series win.

Jones was down to her final strike with a 2-2 count when she singled up the middle to tie things up at 3-3 with her fourth hit of the game. Kelly Byrd followed with the game winner doubling home Abi Gibson.

Leigh Beatenbough (12-9) worked all 6 2/3 innings for the Lady Flames. She allowed just two unearned runs before running into trouble in the final inning. The senior gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked three.

Taylor Johnson (10-8) rebounded from a rocky game one start to earn the win with a complete game performance for Delta State. Johnson allowed three runs on eight hits but did not surrender a walk.

Taylor Moran got the Lady Flames on the board first with an RBI triple to right center. Moran finished 2 for 3 and holds an impressive slash line of .450/.814/.570 on the year.

The Lady Flames will host a crucial three-game series against West Georgia beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Butler field. The series holds major playoff implications with Lee is up a single game on the Wolves.

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