Ryan Beamish drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a tie game and lead the Lee baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Carson-Newman Monday.Beamish now has four …
Beamish now has four long balls on the year after smashing a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall at Olympic Field, off Eagles reliever Matt Bradley. Bradley entered the contest with six saves and a 0.93 ERA.
"Beamish is playing with a lot of confidence and putting good swings on the ball," said head coach Mark Brew. "He's a veteran player and provides with a great leadership. I thought Justin Fragale set the tone for the inning with a perfectly executed bunt single right before the Beamish home run."
Thomas Zazzaro led the way in another quality pitching performance from the Lee staff. The sophomore sat down the first eight men he faced before running into trouble in the third inning. Alan Silva sent a single to left for the first Eagles hit. Micah Genter followed with a base hit up the middle on the 10th pitch of the at bat before lead-off hitter Ethan Goforth drove in the Eagles' lone run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center.
Zazzaro went four innings allowing just two hits. From there Lance Hamilton, Ian Turner, David Pattison, Randall Coxwell and Brandon Thompson slammed the door allowing just two hits over five relief innings. Pattison earned the win to improve to 2-0. Thompson earned his first save with a pair of punch outs.
Lee tied things up in the bottom of the third. Keshaun Smith tripled to straightaway center to lead off the third inning and came around to score on a Parker Stahlman RBI groundout.
The Eagles threatened in the top the sixth inning, loading the bases before Pattinson got out of the jam with a fielder's choice.
"Our pitching staff and defense continue to perform at a high level," added Brew. "The plan was to get Zazzaro to give us four and then get a lot of arms in the game. It was nice to have Lance back out there. We need another left-handed arm in the bullpen and he pitched well for us today. I thought Carson-Newman pitched well today and were playing really well coming into the game, so we knew we would need to play well to get the win."
The Flames have now won three straight and improved to 6-5 overall. The loss dropped the Eagles to 10-3.
The Flames will get back into Gulf South Conference play this weekend, traveling to West Alabama for a three-game set. The series gets underway with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
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