After holding on for a wild 12-11 victory in game one, the Lee softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a commanding 10-2 win in game two Tuesday night at Butler Field.
Freshman Hailey Clark (2-3) was awarded the win in both contests for the Lady Flames. Clark worked in relief in game one before pitching the full five innings of game two's run-rule victory.
Lee utility player Lexie Dean anchored the Lee offense finishing 5-for-7 with two doubles and five runs scored on the day.
The Lady Flames (7-9) appeared ready to cruise to an easy victory in game one as they jumped out to a 10-3 advantage after four innings of play.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-7) did not go quietly, putting together an eight-run sixth to briefly take a 11-10 lead in the contest.
TWC made the most of two Lee errors in the big inning. A dropped fly ball and wild throw led to three unearned runs in the top of the sixth for the visitors. Stephanie Bridges capped the comeback effort with a two-run single to give the Lady Bulldogs a short-lived lead.
The Lady Flames battled back in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a two-run double from freshman Jesse Giles. The center fielder finished with two hits and four RBIs.
Lee reliever Clark made the lead stand, working the final 1 2/3 innings to record her first career victory. She struck out a pair and gave up three runs, all of which were unearned.
The Lady Flames opened up the big lead thanks to the powerful bat of senior Meg Macias. Macias drilled an RBI single to left in the first before launching a two-run homer to left in the second inning to give the home team a 7-0 advantage.
Coscorrosa continued her hot start to the season with going 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Clark and third baseman Amber Broome also had a pair of hits to give the Lady Flames five players with multi-hit efforts in the contest.
Brandi Lasley led the Lady Bulldogs with a double and two singles. Ward, Arndts, Nelson and Bridges all added a pair of singles as TWC pounded out 12-hits.
Faith Forgey was tagged with the loss for Tennessee Weselyan. Forgey started and then came back on in relief. All totaled she worked 2 1/3 innings giving up seven runs on seven hits. Forgey walked two and struck out three. Sarah Kilgore worked 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits.
LADY FLAMES 10,
LADY BULLDOGS 2
The Lady Flames took an early advantage but unlike in game one would not surrender the lead in cruising to a 10-2 victory in game two.
Clark was solid in the circle for Lee giving up just two runs on three hits in five innings of work. The freshman also made her presence felt at the dish in game two completing a five-run fourth for the Lady Flames with a two-run double.
The top of the order led the way for Lee in the 14-hit attack. Lead-off hitter Amanda Lynn singled twice and scored three runs. Dean and Dominique Hannah each went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. Dean scored three runs while Hannah drove in three.
Ana Coscorrosa completed the run-rule with an RBI single to left field in the fifth inning and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Brittany Kilduff was tagged with the loss for the Lady Bulldogs. She worked 4 2/3 innings giving up 10 runs on 14 hits. Kilduff walked three but did strikeout seven batters.
Brooke Ward tripled and scored on Lindsay Ardnts single in the third for TWC to pull within one at 3-2. The Lady Bulldogs mustered just one more hit off of Clark the rest of the game, however.
Lee will return to conference action this weekend welcoming the University of West Georgia to Butler Field for a three-game set beginning Saturday. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m.