PENSACOLA, Fla. — When Super Region play begins this afternoon, the Lee University softball team will be one of only 16 teams remaining in the battle for eight spots and a trip to Salem, Virginia …
PENSACOLA, Fla. — When Super Region play begins this afternoon, the Lee University softball team will be one of only 16 teams remaining in the battle for eight spots and a trip to Salem, Virginia for the NCAA Division II championship.
The Lady Flames will face Gulf South Conference rival University of West Florida on their home field in the best two out of three series.
The opening pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. today.
The second contest is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start on Friday and if a third game is necessary it is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Lee will be seeking revenge against the Lady Argonauts. In their final regular season series, West Florida won three straight from the Lady Flames.
After falling to Mississippi College in the GSC tournament and suffering their fourth straight defeat, coach Emily Russell’s club has bounced back with impressive victories to capture the South Region title and advanced to the Super Region.
Pacing Lady Flames
Lee enters Super Region with only three seniors on the roster. Coach Russell has called on six freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors to help lead the charge. Freshman Abby McKinney, who has played a key role as a designated hitter, was recently named to the D2 CCA and NFCA All South Region teams.
Another newcomer, Taylor Moran, who played her high school ball at Silverdale Academy, hurled 22 innings and allowed only four runs in pitching the Lady Flames to the regional crown. She will take a 1.32 earned run average into the circle against the West Florida club.
Freshman catcher Brooklynn Frazier is batting .301 and is tied with Moran for the home run leadership (8). McKinney and Frazier pace the club in RBI with 46 apiece and McKinney has banged out 60 hits and takes a .347 average into Thursday’s game.
Overall, the Lady Flames are 36-18.
Strong Arms Key
to UWF Success
The Lady Argos are strong in the circle behind Sarah Maloney (5-1). She twirled a two-hitter in helping the Lady Argos sweep the earlier series from the Lady Flames. She surrendered only two hits in the 5-1 victory. Becca Taylor also hurled a masterful three-hitter in the 1-0 victory.
The Lady Argos (43-13) are paced at the dish by Jacey Castro who is hitting .389 with seven home runs. Rhiannon Sassmann follows close behind with a .386 average and a team-leading 39 RBI. All totaled, the Lady Argos have five regulars carrying a better than .300 average.
How to Catch All the Action
West Florida will provide live video broadcasts and live stats of all games. To follow the stats, go to goArgos.com/live
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