Flame pitchers slay Dragons in three straight
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LEE UNIVERSITY second baseman Andres Nelo had a pair of hits and scored a run during Saturday’s double header sweep of visiting Tiffin University at Olympic Field.
Lee University photo LEE UNIVERSITY second baseman Andres Nelo had a pair of hits and scored a run during Saturday’s double header sweep of visiting Tiffin University at Olympic Field.
Led by strong pitching throughout the weekend, the Lee baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Tiffin University with a 1-0 victory in Saturday's nightcap at Olympic Field.

Flames' Starters Jeremy Stawychny, Dustin Lawson and Derrick Pitts combined to toss 19 innings, giving up just one run over the weekend.

Lee has now won six in a row and move to 19-7 on the season. The loss drops the Dragons to 1-16 on the campaign.

The Flames will travel to Bryan College on Wednesday for a non-conference single game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Flames 5, Tiffin 0

Led by a complete game shutout from Dustin Lawson, the Lee baseball team defeated Tiffin University in game one of Saturday's double-header from Olympic Field.

Lawson gave up just five hits while striking out six to guide the Flames to their second consecutive victory over Tiffin and fifth straight win overall.

Lee jumped on the board early in the first inning as Jordan Stewart roped a two-run single down the right field line. Siosi Poti would follow with a bunt single to score Derrick Pitts and extend the lead to 3-0.

That proved to be more than enough for Lawson, who moves to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander gave up just five singles over his seven innings of work.

"Dustin Lawson did a great job competing through some tough situations early. He settled down and throw great game." noted Brew.

The Flames would tack on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Stewart doubled to center field to finish with the three RBI in the contest. Cameron Brewster completed the scoring with a deep triple to center field.

"Stewart had a big day at the plate with three big RBI." added Brew.

Blake Ray added a double while Josh Sliver, Andres Nelo and Zacary Hawkins each singled as Lee pounded out 10 hits in the contest.

Kevin Kline (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Dragons. Kline gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. Tyler Nichols came on in relief to get the final out in the sixth, retiring the lone batter he faced.

Flames 1, Tiffin 0

Derrick Pitts (2-0) threw five shutout innings to guide the Flames to a 1-0 blanking of Tiffin in the nightcap. Pitts gave up just two hits and struck out five.

Grayson Bailey and Kyle Briner worked a scoreless innings in relief. Briner tossed a scoreless seventh inning to register his second save of the season.

"Pitts, Bailey and Briner did a great job silencing their bats all day. We played extremely well defensively, and Nelo made some nice plays." said Head Coach Mark Brew. "Jordan Stewart turned a huge double play for us in the sixth as well."

Logan Sendelbach was equally as impressive on the mound for the Dragons. Sendelbach worked all six innings, giving up just one run on six hits while striking out a pair.

The Flames would tally their lone run in the bottom of the first. Silver, Nelo and Pitts all singled to load the bases with nobody out. Silver would come home to score when Hawkins grounded in to a double play.

Garrett Vernau and Kyle Lento were the only Dragons to get into the hit column. Lento doubled to lead off the fifth inning to produce the only scoring opportunity for the Ohio club.

"Slowly, we have started to build some momentum as a team and are making improvements daily at the plate." Brew allowed. "Our pitching and defense have been steady all along, and we need to continue that because that will always keep us in the game."

Friday’s game

Flames 10, Tiffin 1

Lee continue its hot-hitting streak with a 10-run, 11-hit output against the Dragons in the series opener Friday evening. The Flames gave up a solo run in the ninth to claim the 10-1 victory.

“Our offense did a really good job today,” said Coach Brew. “We had lots of hard-hit balls early in the game, and the extra-base hit helped us break it open early.”

Derrick Pitts and Jordan Stewart led the way with two hits each. Pitts tripled in three runs and scored once, while Stewart doubled, scored once and drove in one run.

Cameron Brewster and Zacary Hawkins each legged out doubles. Brewster scored twice, and Hawkins recorded two RBI in the game.

Tallying singles for the Flames were Andres Nelo, Cameron Scott, Siosi Poti, Zack Zyburt and Nathan Wierzgac. Nelo, Poti and David Logan each recorded one RBI.

Tiffin tallied five hits. Nick Raifsnyder and Kirk Olesick each ripped a double. Elijah Sanabria drove in the Dragons’ run with a single.

Jeremy Stawychny started and picked up the win after scattering three hits over seven innings of work. Stawychny (4-2) walked two and struck out seven batters.

Aaron Ashby pitched two innings in relief. He gave up one run on two hits and fanned three.

Mike Cooperider was charged with the loss. Cooperider (0-1) gave up nine runs (four earned), eight hits and walked one in 3 2/3 innings pitched.

“Tiffin has a good team, and we will have to be ready tomorrow,” said Brew. ”Seven inning games have been a struggle for us, and we need to make sure were ready to go from the first pitch.”