The Lee softball team fell to the University of West Alabama 6-5 in eight innings during Sunday’s Gulf South series finale at Butler Field.
The Lady Flames swept a pair of games from the Tigers Saturday to guarantee the series victory. Lee now sits at an even 12-12 overall. They are 6-6 in conference play. West Alabama improves to 14-12 on the year and 5-7 in GSC games.
Coach Emily Russell’s club will look to get back in the win column Wednesday when it travels to Harrogate to take on Lincoln Memorial University in a nonconference matchup. The first pitch of the twin bill is set for 2 p.m.
The Lady Flames rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the fifth inning thanks to a three-run home run from Ana Coscorrosa. The senior anchored the Lee offensive attack, adding a two-run double in the first to finish with five RBIs in the contest.
The Tigers didn’t trail for long. Anna Shartzer delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning to knot things up at five after leading off the game with a deep homer to left field for West Alabama.
After a scoreless seventh, Scarlett Wright delivered the game winner, drilling a solo homer in the eighth inning.
The Lady Flames put the leadoff hitter on base when pinch hitter Holley Gray was hit in the foot by a low pitch to start things off in the home half of the eighth. After a sacrifice bunt by Laurel Allen, both Amanda Lynn and Lexie Dean hit the ball hard but right at the Tiger’s centerfielder to end the game.
Tucker (1-2) worked four innings in relief to claim the win giving up just three hits and one run. She struck out three and walked one batter. Skylar Davis started in the circle of UWA and worked four-plus innings, allowing four runs on five hits before giving way to Tucker.
Angie Hughes (7-6) worked the full eight innings for Lee. The sophomore gave up just five hits but struggled with her command in allowing 11 free passes. Hughes gave up six runs and struck out six.
Dean roped three singles and scored twice. Speedster Lynn added a single, scored a run and swiped two bases. Lizzie Stevens and Dominique Hannah would also single to round out the eight-hit attack for Lee.