Lady Flames take 3-of-4 in Florida

Posted 2/10/19

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Lee softball team rolled past No. 8 West Chester, 8-2

in game one and came from behind to top Eckerd, 3-2 in game two on

Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.The Lady …

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Lady Flames take 3-of-4 in Florida


CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Lee softball team rolled past No. 8 West Chester, 8-2 in game one and came from behind to top Eckerd, 3-2 in game two on Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
The Lady Flames are now 6-3 overall and 3-1 on the weekend with one more game remaining. Lee will battle Harding today at 11 a.m. Eckerd falls to 3-5 and West Chester is now off to a 0-3 start.
"We played two complete games. We fell behind early in both, but stayed with our offense approach and we worked some runs," said Lee head coach Emily Russell. "We kept the other team off the bases and if we can play like that we will have the opportunity to win a lot of ballgames. Shonna (Penney) and Stevie (Baird) both threw complete games and were able to be effective for seven innings."
Baird and Penney combined for 14 innings pitched, allowed 10 hits and three earned runs, and did not walk any batters.

Lee split its two opening games on Friday, besting Molloy College in game one, 8-1 behind a dominating pitching performance from freshman Taylor De Adder and a big fourth inning at the plate. Lee fell in game two, 7-2 to Florida Tech.

"Today (Friday) we just couldn't quite close out some opportunities in game two, or game on,e for that matter," said Coach Russell. "We had an opportunity to end the game early but didn't take advantage in game one. In game two we scored early and relaxed a little. We couldn't get off the field with two outs and that really burned us. We pitched wel, but gave up too many walks."

The Lady Flames grabbed their first lead of the contest in the top of the seventh inning as Abby McKinney delivered a clutch two-out single to score Kiley Longmire to give Lee a 3-2 advantage.
Penney (2-2) closed the door in the bottom of the seventh as she finished off a complete game performance for her second win of the year. The sophomore gave up just four hits, two runs (one earned) and did not walk a batter.
McKinney got Lee on the board with a single in the third inning after the Lady Flames fell behind 2-0 in the first inning. Longmire tied it in the third on a single to left center that scored Hatcher, before McKinney and Longmire teamed up for the final inning heroics.
Nikole Van Gennep and Kaylin Kramer each had two singles to account for all of the Tritons offense. Meredith McGinnis hit a sacrifice fly in the first to get the Florida club on the board. The other Eckerd run came in via a Lee error.
Hannah Perkins (1-2) was the tough-luck loser for the Tritons. She also tossed a complete game, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. She struck out three and matched Penney with no walks in the contest.


After falling behind 2-0, the Lady Flames scored eight unanswered runs to open play on Saturday with an 8-2 victory over West Chester (Pa.).
Baird (2-0) pitched a complete game for Lee,allowing just two runs on six hits. She struck out two and walked a batter.
Baird also made her presence felt at the plate as she got the scoring started for the Lady Flames in the bottom of the third with a two-run double.
Brooklynn Frazier also doubled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs as Lee pounded out 10 hits and drew five walks.
Reilly Gearhart (0-2) started and was roughed up over 2.2 innings allowing seven runs, three earned on five hits. Kelly Tinsman threw 2.2 frames in relief allowing a run on five hits before Rachel Butler pitched the final 2/3 innings.
Courtney Stump had two of West Chester's six hits as she doubled and singled. Alisha Patel and Gearhart accounted for the two RBI's on back-to-back singles in the third inning.

Friday games



De Adder improved to 2-1 on the young season as she kept the Molloy Lions off balance throughout  game one to lead the Lady Flames to an 8-1 win.

The freshman from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, allowed just one run over 5.1 innings. She gave up three hits, worked around five walks and struck out a pair. Stevie Baird cleaned up the final 1.2 innings in relief.

The Lady Flames exploded for five runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. Bailey Church, off to a sizzling start through the first seven games this season, delivering the big low with a three-run triple. Zoe Miller added the other extra-base hit with a second-inning double and scored three runs.

Lee got on the board with two runs in the second, thanks to a squeeze bunt by Baird followed by a steal of home by senior Claudia Jones.

Courtney Greene (0-1) was hit with the loss for the New York club as she gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings in the circle. Only three of the runs were earned however, thanks to three errors by the Lions. Tonianne Larson came on to pitch the final 3.1 innings and gave up one unearned run while striking out five.

Adrianna Saab delivered the lone run for Molloy via a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth. 



Florida Tech erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run third inning and added three more insurance runs in the sixth to hand the Lady Flames a 7-2 loss in game two on Friday.

Shonna Penney (1-2) went the distance in the circle for the Lady Flames and gave up seven runs, five earned over seven innings. Penney allowed just five hits but was hurt by four walks and two wild pitches.

Vanessa Ruby drew a bases loaded walk to get the scoring started for the Panthers in the third frame. A wild pitch, passed ball and fielder's choice would bring the other three runs home. All totaled Florida Tech scored four runs on just two hits in the inning.

Melanie Murphy (1-2) earned the victory for the Florida club as she tossed four innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. Tina Velazquez came on to work the final three innings in relief and did not allow a hit. 

Brooklynn Frazier doubled and singld to account for two of Lee's five hits. Bailey Church, Abby McKinney and Kayla Louie also had one-base knocks. Louie scored Lee's first one in the opening frame as she scored on a throwing error. The junior shortstop drove in the other Lady Flame run in the second innings as she singled up the middle to score Claudia Jones.


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