Lee (baseball) 11, William Carey 5
COLUMBUS, Ga. (Lee) -- If the rain holds off, the long awaited battle between No. 2 Faulkner and No. 3 Lee will take place in the championship round of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament Saturday at noon.
The Flames (46-10) earned a spot in the title tilt by collecting 16 hits and blasting a pair of gigantic home runs in an 11-5 victory over William Carey Friday evening. Over the past two games, Lee has banged out 30 hits and scored 21 runs.
Friday's hit parade was paced by Corey Davis, who finished with four hits, including a three-run homer and four RBI.
The Lee slugger had plenty of company as Brandon Rader stroked three hits, scored twice and knocked in one run. Derrick Pitts ripped a long home run in the first inning to help jump start the Lee offense. Danny Canela and Karsten Strieby each banged out a double and a single. Strieby scored three times and posted two RBI. Brady Renner had a pair of hits and scored twice.
Jose Samayoa hurled 4 2/3 innings of three-hit ball before having some control issues and allowing a two-run double by Scott Fabre. Coach Mark Brew quickly went to his bullpen and Kyle Briner, David Eskew, Keegan Yuhl and Andy Hillis sealed the deal. The four relievers did not allow William Carey a hit. Briner was the winning pitcher.
"I was pleased to see Samayoa throw well tonight," said Brew. "He was feeling so good, he might have been over-throwing at times and did not have good command of his breaking ball, but I feel he is ready to jump back in and help us in the opening round of the national tournament next week."
Lee (softball) 5, Spring Hill 1
COLUMBUS, Ga. (Lee) -- Led by Ana Coscorrosa's three RBI, Lee University softball punched its ticket to the championship game with a 5-1 victory over Spring Hill College in game two.
Lee jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage thanks to a two-run double from Coscorrosa in the bottom of the first inning. From there Jessa Watts (6-2) took over in the circle working four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out two to earn her sixth victory of the season.
Lee would then open things up with a three-run sixth inning to help put the game away. Coscorrosa drove in her third run of the ballgame with a single up the middle. Jennifer Ringle scored on a wild pitch and Meghan Macias capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Amanda Lynn added two more hits and scored two runs for the Lady Flames. Dominique Hannah, Charlie Wooden and Ringle each singled as Lee finished with seven hits in the contest.
Lee (softball) 3, Belhaven 2
COLUMBUS, Ga. (Lee) -- Meghan Macias delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Lee a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Belhaven University in game one on Friday afternoon.
Caroline MacAusland, who earlier in the weekend was in the hospital with a serious stomach virus, delivered six-plus quality innings for Lee giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out 10 Belhaven batters.
"I was a concerned with Caroline's strength after having been sick for the past few days." noted Russell. "She pitched a great game though and really showed her toughness out there today."
Hughes (17-2) was credited with the victory as she worked a scoreless inning of relief while striking out two.
The Lady Flames scored their first two runs in the fourth. Dezirae Parsons delivered a run-scoring single for one of her two hits in the game and Savanna Bell brought home the second run on a ground out.
Information provided by Lee University Media Relations and GoLeeFlames.com.