The third-ranked Flames claimed a 3-1 victory in Friday’s opener. With the three-game sweep Lee (23-6, 12-3 SSAC) has moved into a tie with ninth-ranked Faulkner (24-6, 12-3) atop the Southern States Athletic Conference standings.
“It was a great weekend on the mound with only three earned runs allowed,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew. “Both (Jose) Samayoa and (Clint) Terry did a great job today. Our defense was solid all day today with no errors in 16 innings. Brandon Rader had a great day both offensively and defensively.”
Rader finished the day 3-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Danny Canela recorded three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI. Josh Silver was 3-for-7 with two doubles on the day.
The Flames will take a day off from SSAC competition when they host Bryan College Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
FLAMES 9, EMMANUEL 3
Jordan Stewart and Corey Davis blasted home runs in the nightcap as Lee tallied nine runs on 10 hits.
Davis gave Lee an early 2-0 lead after launching a 3-2 offering over the left field wall for his third round-tripper of the season. Karsten Strieby scored on the play.
Strieby added to the lead with a sacrifice fly in the five-run fourth inning. Derrick Pitts triple in two runs and came home on Stewart’s two-run home run.
The Flames added another run in the fourth inning and Canela legged out an RBI double to score Rader in the sixth inning.
Michael Crowe put Emmanuel on the board with a solo shot in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh inning. Michael Granda delivered an RBI single in the eighth to put a cap on the game’s scoring.
Clint Terry (3-1) worked six innings to pick up the win. The left-hander gave up one earned run, four hits and fanned four.
FLAMES 5, EMMANUEL 0
In the opener, Lee was held to five hits through the first five innings before Canela led off the five-run sixth inning with a double. Karsten Strieby reached on an error and Derrick Pitts hit a sacrifice fly to plate Trevor Burgess, who was running for Canela.
Chris Avey, Mark Silva and Brady Renner each doubled in the inning. Silva drove in two runs, while Avey and Renner tallied one RBI each.
Jose Samayoa (5-1) scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to earn the pitching win. Samayoa struck out eight Lions.
Andy Hillis walked two and sat down two on strikes in one inning of relief.
FLAMES 3, EMMANUEL 1
Lee took advantage of eight hits and three Emmanuel errors to push across three runs, while the Lions could only manage one run on four hits and three Lee errors.
Corey Davis was the game’s only batter to record more than one hit. The right-fielder finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
Brady Renner tallied the only extra-base hit of the game with a double in the first inning. Josh Silver, Danny Canela, Karsten Strieby, Derrick Pitts and Cameron Brewster all stroked singles.
Strieby delivered an RBI to add an insurance run in the eighth inning. The run scored by Silver was the only earned run of the night.
“It was a good old-fashioned Friday night SSAC pitchers’ duel,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew.” I thought our pitchers did an excellent job tonight competing. We missed some opportunities offensively, but found a way to scratch a few runs.”
The Lions took an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as Lee committed an error on an attempted bases loaded force out at second base.
The Flames would get even an inning later. Davis reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Brewster’s sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by the Emmanuel defense. Brandon Rader reached first as his sacrifice bunt as Davis beat out the throw to third. Davis then scored the tying run on what would have been an inning ending double play, if not for the earlier error.
Davis gave Lee the lead with a sixth-inning RBI single that plated Strieby, who had earlier reach via error.
Myles Smith earned his fifth win of the season after scattering three hits and two walks over seven innings. Smith (5-2) allowed one unearned run and struck out eight Lions.
Keegan Yuhl gave up one hit and fanned one in one inning of relief. Andy Hillis threw 10 pitches in striking out the side in the ninth inning to record his fifth save.
Mark Shevock (1-4) went the distance for Emmanuel and was tagged with the loss. He gave up three runs (one earned), eight hits, walked one and struck out five.