Lee Lady Flames turn game-ending triple play
by Lee Sports Information
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — In one of the most remarkable endings one will ever see in a softball game, Lee University’s Lady Flames turned a game-ending triple play to defeat Eckerd College, 3-2 in eight innings on Sunday Morning in the Eckerd Spring Tournament.

After trailing 2-1 the Lady Flames pulled even with the Tritons, thanks to an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning. Lee tallied what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the eighth when Laurel Allen reached on a throwing error, allowing Lexie Dean to score.

The Tritons would load the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning before Lee turned the remarkable triple play to seal the victory and move to 3-3 on the young season. The loss keeps Eckerd winless at 0-5.

"The last play of the game was crazy. I've never seen a triple play, but that was a good time for it," said head coach Emily Russell.

Angie Hughes started in the circle for Russell's club but was relieved after facing only three batters when she was hit by a ball on her glove hand. Freshman Annabeth Pruett (1-0) stepped up in relief and pitched 7 1/3 innings for her first collegiate victory. Pruett gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out four.

"AB (Annabeth Pruett) stepped up big time and pitched very well." noted Russell.

Erin Dixson (0-3) was the tough-luck loser in the circle for Eckerd. The junior pitched a complete game giving up three runs (one earned) on eight hits while fanning four.

Allen got things going early for the Lady Flames with an infield single to leadoff the game. She would come around to score on Ana Coscorrosa's ground out later in the frame.

Eckerd took a brief lead in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Sydney Dinelli. Kaycie Duncan, Dixson, Chelsea Jeffares and Amber Hay added singles as the Tritons managed just five hits off Lee pitching in the contest.

Amanda Lynn led the offensive attack for the Lady Flames with a double and two singles in four at bats. Dean finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

"We did a great job running the bases and took advantage of all our chances," remarked Russell. "I'm very proud of this young team this weekend. We have come a long way I feel like we have come into our own and learned our identity."

The Lady Flames will look to build off the exciting victory when they welcome Tennessee Wesleyan College to Butler Field for the home opener on Thursday. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.