Facing a familiar foe the Lee softball team dropped a pair of games to rival Shorter University on Saturday afternoon in Gulf South Conference action.
The Lady Flames (13-15, 6-8) comeback effort came up short in the opener as they fell 5-3 to the Lady Hawks (21-9, 11-4). In the nightcap Shorter used dominating pitching and a big inning to top Lee 7-1.
The Lady Flames will try and salvage the final game of the three-game set tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
The opener of Saturday's twin bill started with a bang offensively for both clubs. Ana Coscorrosa opened things up with a three-run homer for the Lady Flames. The senior finished a perfect 2-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored.
Not to be outdone Shorter's Ericka Bynum delivered a three-run blast of her own to tie things up at 3-3.
The Lady Hawks would add a pair of runs in the third inning to take a 5-3 advantage. Jackie Castaneda scored on a wild pitch followed by a sacrifice fly from Christina Ezell. The Home team would put things out of reach with two more runs in the sixth.
Lee mounted a comeback attempt in the seventh. Dominique Hannah tripled to left scoring Lexie Dean. Coscorrosa added her fourth RBI of the contest on a single up the middle to score Hannah. The rally would end there however as Shorter starter Ezell would come back to retire the side.
Angie Hughes (7-7) started and worked all six innings for the Lady Flames. She gave up seven runs on nine hits. The sophomore walked three and struck out five.
Ezell also pitched a complete game. The Shorter ace yielded five runs on six hits. She walked five but recorded 10 strikeouts.
The Lady Flames would strike first in the nightcap thanks to a run-scoring single from Ana Coscorrosa. From there Shorter starter Maddie Bray locked in giving up just one run on eights over the full seven innings of work to earn to guide The Lady Hawks to the 7-1 victory.
Lee starter Hailey Clark breezed through the first three innings of the contest until running into trouble in the fourth inning. The Lady Hawks would chase Clark after loading the bases on a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch. The freshman was charged with three runs on four hits in three-plus innings of work.
Coach Emily Russell would go to the bullpen and call on game one starter Angie Hughes with the bases loaded and nobody out. Maggie Meachum would greet Hughes with a two-run double to put the home team up for good. Morris would later walk to plate a run before a two-run single by Bynum capped the five-run explosion.
Hughes worked the final three innings in relief giving up four runs on four hits. She walked three and struck out a pair.
Bynum anchored the offense attack for Shorter finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI. K. Cooper also added a pair of hits while Meachem scored a run and drove in two.
Lexie Dean added two singles for the Lady Flames and joined Coscorrosa as the only players with multiple hits. Rachel Polacek, Holley Gray, Annabeth Pruett and Qiley Lewis would also register singles to round out the eight-hit performance.
The Lady Flames left 11 runners on base compared to just seven stranded for Shorter.