The Flames (23-7) stranded 10 runners on base including two in the bottom of the ninth when Bryan (15-13) relief pitcher Joey Vega induced a bases-loaded, game-ending double play.
“We just have not been able to get anything going consistently offensively over the past three weeks,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew. “We had some opportunities, but we just can't get the big hit when we need it. We will have to go back to work at practice and fight our way out of this as we move toward a key series with Southern Poly this weekend.”
Lee pounded out nine hits in the game with Danny Canela and Karsten Strieby accounting for two safeties each. Strieby doubled and scored once.
Derrick Pitts was responsible for all three of Lee’s runs. The left-hander blasted a three-run home run that pulled the Flames to within one, 4-3, in the sixth inning.
Josh Silver recorded the Flames’ only other extra base hit with a double. Brady Renner, Corey Davis and Mark Silva had one single each.
Gant Zawadzki and Kevin Layne teamed for four of Bryan’s five hits. Zawadzki was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Layne was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run.
John Cain gave up seven hits and three runs in picking up the win. Cain (2-4) walked three and struck out three Flames in 6 2/3 innings. Vega earned the save in one inning of work.
Keegan Yuhl started and threw two innings of no-hit ball before being relieved due to a predetermined pitch count.
Mike Guinane (2-1) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on one hit and three walks in a third of an inning.
Jeremy Stawychny scattered two hits over four innings of relief and struck out four Lions.
The Flames will be back at Olympic Field Friday afternoon for the first game of a three-game SSAC series against Southern Polytechnic State University. The single nine-inning game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.