Top-ranked Flames scorch Loyola in SSAC sweep
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LEE UNIVERSITY’s Mark Silva puts the tag on a base runner. The second baseman stepped up big at the plate in Lee's doubleheader sweep of Loyola University Friday in the New Orleans. Lee University photo
LEE UNIVERSITY’s Mark Silva puts the tag on a base runner. The second baseman stepped up big at the plate in Lee's doubleheader sweep of Loyola University Friday in the New Orleans. Lee University photo
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NEW ORLEANS, La. — Coach Mark Brew has been asking his top-ranked Lee University baseball club for consistent hitting from the top to the bottom of his lineup, and that is exactly what the Brew Crew provided in the final game of a SSAC three-game series on Saturday afternoon against the University of Loyola.

Every Flame in the starting lineup collected at least one hit, plus Mike Fasolo came off the bench to rip a double. The end results was 15 singles, a home run and a double as Lee improved to 30-7 overall and more importantly continued to hold a share of the conference lead after the 10-0 victory.

There was nothing "small" about Lee's two wins over host Wolf Pack on Friday. In the 8-2, 11-0 victories the red-hot Flames pounded out 11 extra-base hits, including four home runs, six doubles and one triple.

This past Wednesday Lee had to play "small ball" in pulling out a 4-3 extra-inning win over rival Tennessee Wesleyan. The Flames make sure none of that was necessary this weekend.

Combining the Friday hitting totals with two more impressive showing by the Lee pitchers and it is easy to see why the latest NAIA coaches' poll ranked the Flames No. 1.

"Overall, it was a great weekend," said Brew. "Any sweep on the road in this conference is big. Offensively, the last two weekends have been the best we have looked all year and we are hoping that will spring forward into the huge mid-week game we have with Cumberland."

On Saturday, six Flames had multiple-hit games. Lead-off man Brady Renner set the table with three hit and one run batted in. Catcher Joran Stewart paced the two-hit attack. He had a homer, collected two RBI and scored twice.

Josh Silver continued his hot streak at the dish with two hits, a run, and a RBI. Corey Davis, who also enjoyed his best series to dates, stroked a pair of hits, scored twice and knocked in another score. Brandon Rader and Mark Silva joined the two-hit parade. Rader had two RBI, while Silva produced a run and a run batted in.

Derrick Pitts, Karsten Strieby and Danny Canela chipped in with one hit each. Pitts had an RBI, Strieby and Canela added to the 10-run total as the Flames tallied two runs in the first, four in the third, two in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and eighth to run-rule the Wolf Pack for the second-straight game.

Lefty Clint Terry hurled five inning of six hit ball and improved his record to 5-1. Terry recorded seven strike outs and did not walk a Loyola hitter. Mike Guinane, Jeremy Bales and Ryan Zimmer followed with a scoreless inning of work.

"Once again we pitched extremely well all weekend only allowing one earned run. Clint Terry was solid and the bullpen was once again very good," added Brew. "I have also been pleased that we have played well defensively over the past two weeks."

The Flames will return to non-conference play on Tuesday and will face a longtime NAIA baseball power in Cumberland University. It is will Mayfield Ice Cream day (free ice cream) at Olympic Field. The nine-inning single game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

Friday

GAME TWO

FLAMES 11, LOYOLA 0 (8)

Josh Silver and Mark Silva carried the big sticks to the dish and Jose Samayoa (7-1) pitched six innings of one-hit ball as the Flames defeated the Wolf Pack in eight innings.

Silver and Silva combined to help account for seven of Lee's 11 runs. Silver, who homered in the first game, came back with his second jack shot in the nightcap. He also socked a triple and added a single in four trips to the plate. All totaled the Lee shortstop collected four RBI and scored three times.

Silva, the second baseman, went deep with a two-run shot. He also picked up a single and finished with a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored. Brady Renner joined the explosion with a double, single and two runs. Karsten Strieby chipped in with a two-base blow and Derrick Pitts had an RBI hit.

Samaoya was in complete command over six innings. He struck out 11 and walked one. David Eskew and CJ Lusted worked an inning each. Neither allowed a hit. Eskew fanned one and walked two. Lusted had two struck outs. Carmelo LoSauro had the only hit for the New Orleans club.

"Samayoa was awesome and in total control in game two," pointed out Brew. "Our bullpen did an excellent job in both games and our defense was solid again today."

GAME ONE

FLAMES 8, LOYOLA 2

Paced by two-run homers off the bats of Josh Silver and Derrick Pitts, the No. 1-ranked Lee Flames opened a three-game series with the University of Loyola (New Orleans) on Friday with an 8-2 victory.

After the Wolf Pack jumped on top 1-0 in the first, Lee garnered the lead for good in the top of the third. Mark Silva, who finished the contest with a pair of two-base hits, got the rally going with a double. Brandon Rader stroked an RBI single and scored on the two-run blast by Silver. It was his first round-tripper of the season.

Loyola tallied another single run in the third to cut the margin to 3-2, but Lee countered right back with a three-run fourth. Corey Davis, who joined Silva with a pair of two-base knocks, ripped a two-bagger. Pitts drove home Davis with his fifth home run of the season. Karsten Strieby walked and rounded the bases on Silva's second double.

Two more runs in the fifth sealed the deal for winning pitcher Myles Smith (7-2). Danny Canela was hit by a pitch and Davis struck again with his second double that scored Trevor Burgess, who was running for Canela. Davis later scored on an error, giving the Flames the 8-2 margin.

Smith worked five innings. He gave up five hits, one earned run, fanned eight and walked three. Kyle Briner pitched the sixth and Alex Moore hurled the final inning. Both gave up one hit, did not walk a batter and had one strike out. "Smith wasn't at his best in the opener, but he did a good job competing." noted Brew.

Kevin Lindsey was the starting and losing Wolf Pack pitcher. In five innings he allowed eight hits, seven earned runs, had two K's and walked one. Brandon Snow was the only Loyola player with more than one hit.