Shorter's Christina Ezell was spotted three runs before she entered the circle in game one. That proved to be more than enough support as Ezell was dominant, tossing five no-hit innings to record the victory. She struck out seven Lee batters and faced just one batter over the minimum. The only blemish was a first inning walk to Hannah.
Jessa Watts (4-2) started in the circle for the Lady Flames. The sophomore worked 3 1/3 innings giving up six runs on eight hits. Watts struck out five and walked two. Katie Deems came on to work the final 1 2/3 innings. She gave up three runs on four hits and struck out a batter.
Bre Johnson was 2-for-2 with a double and a home run to lead the Lady Hawks. She drove in two and scored twice.
Lady Hawks 7,
Lady Flames 6 (8 innings)
Trailing 6-4 in the seventh inning the Lady Flames loaded the bases on three straight singles from Lizze Stevens, Laurel Allen and Amanda Lynn. Katie Deems followed with a pinch-hit single up the middle to score Stevens and cut the deficit to one run. After a strikeout Ana Coscorrosa drew a walk to score Allen and tie the game at seven. Shorter then called on game one starter Christina Ezell, who survived the jam by getting a strike out and a pop out.
Using the international tiebreaker rules, which allow each team to start the extra frame with a runner on second, Shorter used a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to take a 7-6 advantage. The Lady Hawks held on in the bottom of the seventh to complete the sweep of the Lady Flames.
Lee tallied 15 hits in the contest (all singles) but left 16 runners on base as Shorter pitchers were able to weave out of trouble throughout the ballgame.
Lynn sparked the offensive output for the Lady Flames going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Lexie Dean added a pair of hits and scored a run. Dominique Hannah followed suit, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hannah is now hitting at a .544 clip for the year.
Angie Hughes worked game two for the Lady Flames and yielded four runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. The freshman walked four and struck out two. Caroline MacAusland (4-1) came on in relief and gave up three runs (two earned) in 3 2/3 innings of work. MacAusland was tagged with her first loss of the season.
Maddie Bray started for the Lady Hawks. She worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits. Kayla Byrom worked 2/3 of an inning and gave up two runs on four hits. Ezell worked two scoreless innings. She gave up one hit and struck out four.
The fourth-ranked Lady Flames will have a few days off to regroup. Lee will be back in action next Wednesday against the College of Coastal Georgia. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. at Butler Field.