Lions devour Flames on the road

LEE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 2/11/19

SAINT LEO, Fla. — The Lee baseball team will look to put this weekend  in the rearview mirror after the Flames suffered a series sweep at No. 23 Saint Leo on Saturday.The Flames appeared …

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Lions devour Flames on the road

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SAINT LEO, Fla. — The Lee baseball team will look to put this weekend  in the rearview mirror after the Flames suffered a series sweep at No. 23 Saint Leo on Saturday.

The Flames appeared poised to salvage the final game of the series in Saturday's nightcap, taking a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. But, the Lions struck for four runs to claim the 9-5 win and the sweep.

Lee struggled to get much of anything going in game one, losing 12-2.

"It was a tough weekend. Saint Leo definitely played better than we did in all phases of the game," said Lee head coach Mark Brew. "We made way too many mistakes to win against a quality opponent. We need a great week of practice to prepare for Valdosta State."

The Flames will get back to work this weekend when they open up newly renovated Olympic Field on Saturday at 1 p.m., against GSC rival Valdosta State. Lee will play a doubleheader Saturday and wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday, also at 1.

The Lions' offense exploded for 12 hits and drew seven walks in  a 12-2 win over Lee in Saturday's opener.

Isaacson and Danny Torres hit home runs for Saint Leo while lead-off hitter Amir Wright had three hits and walked twice.

Miguel Pimentel and Landon Silver provided the only bright spots for the Flames with solo homers.

In the closer, Saint Leo Lions used a four-run eighth inning to earn a 9-7 comeback victory.

Peyton Isaacson hit a two-run double to start the rally before Lee pitchers hit back-to-back batters with the bases loaded to surrender the lead.

Keshaun Smith got the Flames on the board first with RBI singles in the first and third innings. Joshua Perez made it 4-0 Lee with a two-run double in the third before Saint Leo began to chip away.

Jared Morello got the Lions going with a two-run homer in the third. Morello finished with three hits and three RBIs.

Alan Smith continued his hot start at the dish for Lee with an RBI double in the fifth, and came around to score his fourth run of the game on a fielding error to give the Flames a 7-3 advantage.

From there, it was all Lions. Saint Leo scored six unanswered runs to close out the game. The rally started with two unearned runs in the fifth before the four-run eighth inning.

Lady Flames
fall in Classic

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Lee softball team finished up the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday afternoon, losing to Harding 3-2.

The Lady Flames scored both runs in the top of the first inning on a single by Kiley Longmire that plated Lily Hatcher and Taylor De Adder. From there the pitching of Harding starter Pyper James and reliever Emma Dwyer shut the door.

Taylor De Adder (2-2) started in the circle for the Lady Flames and left after running into trouble in the third inning. The freshman tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. Shonna Penney kept Lee in the contest as she tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen and gave up just two hits.

The Bulls turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 advantage in the third inning on a Briley Feringa single down the right-field line. Amanda Fields gave Harding the lead for good with a single up the middle. Both runs were unearned due to an untimely Lee miscue in the field.

Lily Hatcher reached safely in all three plate appearances for the Lady Flames with two singles and a walk. Zoe Miller went 1 for 3 with a single and was named to the All-Tournament team after hitting .385 and scoring three runs over the five weekend games.

The win moved Harding to 4-1 on the season, while Lee fell to 6-4 after going 3-2 in its two weekend tournaments to start the season.

The Lady Flames will wrap up a 12-game seasoning opening road trip Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, with a non-conference doubleheader. The home and Gulf South Conference opener will be Saturday against No. 22 Valdosta State, at 1 p.m.

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