CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Lee University softball team earned a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon in the Eckerd Softball Tournament. The Lady Flames defeated Rollins College in the opener 14-4 before falling to Florida Insititute of Technology, 11-3.
With the doubleheader split the Lady Flames now sit at 2-3 on the season. Lee will look to get back to .500 this morning when they wrap up tourney play with the host-school Eckerd College at 10 a.m.
FIT 11, Lady Flames 3 (6)
In game two coach Emily Russell’s club drew one of the premiere softball programs in the Sunshine State Conference in Florida Tech (6-0). The Lady Flames held a 2-1 advantage after three innings of play but a six-run fourth for Panthers put the game out of reach.
Speedy leadoff hitter Laurel Allen was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Amanda Lynn also had a pair of hits for the Lady Flames. Lizzie Steven finished 2-for-3 with a RBI double in the third inning that put Lee ahead for a brief moment.
Dominique Hannah finished 1-for-2 and scored the first Lady Flames’ run on an Ana Coscorrosa single in the third inning.
Jessica Callahan provided most of the pop for the Panthers offensively. The freshman ripped a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run double in the fifth to finish 5-for-5 with six RBI. Catcher Nicole Shinsky was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish and drove in two.
Angie Hughes started and worked three innings giving up just one unearned run on three hits. Hailey Clark (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Lady Flames. The freshman worked 2/3 of an inning giving up six runs on seven hits. Annabeth Pruett saw her first collegiate action in the circle in relief. She worked the final 2 1/3 innings giving up four runs on seven hits.
Taylor Smith (2-0) got the win for FIT. Smith worked all six innings surrendering three runs on nine hits. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Lady Flames 10, Rollins 4
The Lady Flames used a 10-run sixth inning to fire past Rollins College, 10-4 in the opening game on Saturday.
Lee, who were victims of a 12-run first inning in their loss to Saint Leo Saturday, took advantage of two errors and a wild pitch by the Tars in sixth inning to put the game away.
Coscorrosa started things off with a sacrifice fly to score Lynn. Coscorrosa would bat again in the inning and come home to score the final run on a wild pitch.
Hughes (2-2) started again in the circle for the Lady Flames and worked 5 1/3 innings giving up five hits and four runs. Hughes struck out six but struggled with command, walking seven batters. Clark came on to work a scoreless 1 1/3 inning to complete the victory.
Clark made her presence felt at the plate as well as she went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Dominique Hannah singled in four plate appearances and drove in a run.
Stephanie Sullivan (0-2) started for Rollins and was tagged with the loss. She worked 5 2/3 innings give up five runs on six hits. She struck out four and walked three. Christie Falcon would come on in relief but got little help from her defense in surrendering five runs, only one of which was earned. Niki Fogle worked a scoreless seventh for the Tars.