Flames sweep SSAC openers
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A BUNDLED UP umpire gives the out call as Lee University second baseman Mark Silva, left, looks on while shortstop Josh Silver completes a double play in Flames’ win over the University of Mobile in a SSAC battle at Olympic Field on Saturday. Lee University photo
A BUNDLED UP umpire gives the out call as Lee University second baseman Mark Silva, left, looks on while shortstop Josh Silver completes a double play in Flames’ win over the University of Mobile in a SSAC battle at Olympic Field on Saturday. Lee University photo
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With senior Roberto Duran leading the way, the Lee University baseball Flames delivered the knockout punch by posting a 12-0 victory over visiting University of Mobile on an extremely cold Saturday afternoon at Olympic Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Southern States Athletic series.

Duran was 3-for-3, including a three-run homer over the centerfield wall in the third inning. He finished the day with four runs batted in as the Flames banged out 15 hits against four Mobile hurlers.

Lefty Clint Terry (2-1) gave Lee pitching coach Michael Moody six impressive innings and CJ Lusted came on to close out the Rams in the seventh. Terry allowed only three hits, fanned five and walked one hitter.

"I thought our pitching and defense were fantastic all weekend,” said a pleased head coach Mark Brew. "Mobile has a solid club as evidenced by the two tough games on Friday night. "I was really impressed with our approach today at the plate and our offense was clicking much better.

"Terry was excellent today and any sweep in this tough conference is an accomplishment," he added. "We have a big week coming up with two mid-week games and a traditional NAIA power in 18th ranked Auburn-Montgomery coming to town for a three-game series next Friday and Saturday."

While Duran was the leader at the dish, he had plenty of help. Danny Canela drilled a pair of doubles and singled. Chris Avey, who was used as the catcher's designated runner, scored three times. Second baseman Mark Silva had his share of action with two hits, three RBI and three runs scored.

Karsten Strieby had two hits, two RBI and scored twice. Shortstop Josh Silver produced an outstanding day in the field and chipped in with two hits and tailed two runs. Corey Davis polished off a big weekend with a double and run batted in, while Brady Renner collected a base hit and a RBI and Derrick Pitts added a single and scored once.

The third-ranked Flames (10-2, 3-0 SSAC) will return to action on Monday when they host the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) in a single nine-inning game. On Tuesday the Brew Crew will be in Barbourville, Ky. to test a solid Union College team and then return home for the key weekend SSAC series with Auburn-Montgomery.

On Friday, senior Corey Davis delivered big with two hits in the same inning in the opening game of the doubleheader then came back in the nightcap to drill a two-run single that propelled the Flames to the twin killing.

FLAMES 3, MOBILE 1

The contest was knotted at one until the bottom of the seventh inning. Derrick Pitts started the inning with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch and took third on a single by Brady Renner. Both runner crossed home plate on the big two-out hit by Davis.

Lee took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third when Mark Silva walked with one out. Josh Silver stroked a double to put the Flames on top. Mobile battled back to tie the contest on a homerun by Philip McDuffie in the top of the fifth and that set up the heroics by Davis in the seventh.

Renner paced the six-hit Lee attack with three knocks in four trips to the plate. Danny Canela and Karsten Strieby had Lee's other hits. The Rams out-hit the Flames 7-6 and Jacob Knowles led the way with two singles.

Jose Samayoa picked up his second win of the year. He worked six innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run and struck out seven Mobile batters. Kyle Briner came on to hurl in the seventh and eighth and struck out five Rams while walking just one. Alex Moore picked up his second save by contributing a perfect ninth inning. All totaled, Lee pitchers sent 14 Ram hitters down on strikes and issued only one walk.

Mobile got an excellent effort from Ryan Hines. In 6 1/3 innings he allowed five hits and three earned runs. He struck out 11 Flames but walked four. Jeffrey Price was charged with the defeat. In 1 2/3 innings, he surrendered a hit and no earned runs.

FLAMES 6, MOBILE 3

Lee exploded for five runs in the second inning and then held off a late charge by the visiting University of Mobile in scoring a 6-3 victory in the opening game of a three-game SSAC series on Friday afternoon at Olympic Field.

Senior Corey Davis had two hits, scored a run and drove home another in an inning that saw the Flames send 10 men to the dish. In fact it was Davis who began the frame with a single. Davis stole second and scored on a double by Jordan Stewart. Roberto Duran collected an RBI one-base knock and the big inning was in high gear.

Chris Avey pushed Duran to second with a sac bunt and Mark Silva slapped a single that scored Duran. Brady Renner followed with a walk that moved Silva to second and Josh Silver, who just returned from an injury, banged out a hit to score Silva. Davis took advantage of his second trip to the plate in the inning and ripped a single that scored the speedy Renner.

Lee moved on top 6-0 in the fourth. Again it was "small ball" that helped produce the score. Silva had a one base knock. He stole second and advance to third on a wild throw. Renner delivered the RBI single that produced the final run of the seven-inning affair..

The Rams rallied for three runs off Lee starter and winner Myles Smith (3-0). In five complete inning. The right-hander allowed six hits and three earned runs. He struck out five and walked three.

Andy Hillis came in to work the sixth and seventh and earned his first save of the year. In two inning, the hard-throwing righty gave up a pair of hits and fanned three Rams. He did not walk a hitter.

Silva enjoyed a perfect 3-for-3 effort. He also turned in a nifty play at second and scored twice. Davis was the only other flame with more than one hit.

For Mobile, Jared Brannon had a three-hit day. He scored one of his team's three runs. Ryan Parazine posted two hits and collected an RBI, while Philip McDuffie doubled.

Shane Ikner hurled 3 2/3 innings for the Rams and was charged with the defeat. He allowed eight hits and six earned runs. Jacob Knowles came on for the final 2 1/3 innings. He allowed just two hits.