Flames bounce back with 16-run tally

By LEE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 4/20/19

After dropping both ends of a doubleheader Friday, Lee University's baseball team rebounded with a resounding run-rule victory on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Olympic Field.The contest ended when …

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Flames bounce back with 16-run tally

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After dropping both ends of a doubleheader Friday, Lee University's baseball team rebounded with a resounding run-rule victory on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Olympic Field.

The contest ended when the Flames put five runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game early with a 16-6 tally.

Senior Fernando Ortiz paced the Lee 11-hit attack with a perfect 3-for-3 performance including a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.

He got plenty of help from fellow senior teammate Miguel Pimentel, who launched a mammoth two-run homer in the fourth inning. Pimentel, who was walked twice intentionally before the blast, finished with a pair of RBIs and three tallies.

“I’m really happy for our five seniors that wrapped up careers at Olympic Field with a big win. They have been a huge part of our program for the past four years and made key contributions in this weekend’s series,” stated head coach Mark Brew after his team improved to 22-24 overall and 11-14 in Gulf South Conference play.

“We still have a chance to earn our way into post season. It’s never easy in the GSC, but we will need to play well at Auburn Montgomery to earn that opportunity,” the coach noted.

Currently tied for the final GSC playoff spot with Shorter (20-19, 11-14), the Flames will wrap up the regular season with a single game Friday evening and a twinbill Saturday against conference newcomer AUM. 

Catcher Justin Fragale also enjoyed a big day at the dish Saturday. He banged out a pair of two-base hits, knocked in three runs and tallied two scores. Thomas Zazzaro not only gained his second pitching win of the year, he also picked up a RBI with a hit and scored three times after receiving four free passes.

All totaled, the visiting Falcons’ seven pitchers issued 15 free passes. Gus Cunningham lasted only 2.2 innings but was charged with the defeat.

Zazzaro worked 5.1 innings for the Flames. He surrendered seven hits, six earned runs, walked two and fanned three. Lance Hamilton came on to hurl 1.2 strong innings. He gave up just two hits and struck out four while not issuing a walk.

“We knew we had to swing the bats today. I thought we got great production throughout the line-up. Ortiz had a really nice day at the plate and we played solid defense all day. Hamilton gave us some big outs in relief, and Zazzaro gave us a much needed quality start,” commented Brew.

Justen Freeman, Tyler Payne and Parker Stahlman also contributed to the offensive attack. Freeman had one hit, walked twice, scored a run and was credited with a RBI. Payne, one of five Lee seniors, drew a pair of free passes, posted a RBI and also singled. Stahlman continued his fine work at the plate with a pair of hits and two scores.

Friday Games

GAME 2

FALCONS 11, FLAMES 2

Montevallo used six hits and two Lee errors to push across 11 runs, while the Flames tallied two runs off five hits and one Montevallo error.

The Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a bases-loaded walk by Jason Cryar. Lee pulled even in the fourth with Miguel Pimentel’s 11th home run of the season.

Montevallo regained the lead in the fifth inning when Khari Anderson singled in John Benevolent. Two batters later, Tyler Krabbe’s tailor-made double play ground ball was misplayed to allow another run to score. Sebastian Samuels followed with a grand slam to left field. Davis Lott and Ben Teel followed with solo home runs of their own to push the Montevallo advantage to 9-1.

Parker Stahlman singled up the middle to score Landon Silver in the bottom of the fifth, but the Falcons tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to supply the final score.

Chandler Ingram (4-2) was credited with the win after allowing just two hits over the final 2.2 innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Whitley started and went 3.1 innings before being lifted for Kuster Kinlecheenie. Whitley gave up one run, two hits and struck out four. Kinlecheenie was tabbed for one run and one hit, while walking two and fanning two batters in one inning of work.

Alex Butler gave up three runs on two hits in 4.1 innings and was charged with the loss. Butler (3-4) walked three and struck out five.

GAME 1

FALCONS 6, FLAMES 2

Three Flames hitters recorded two hits each as Lee finished with nine hits. Montevallo tallied 10 hits with four batters claiming two each.

Zazzaro was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI single. Pimentel was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Justen Freeman stroked two singles.

UM was led by Teel’s 2-for-4 performance. Teel delivered an RBI double in the fourth and homered to left field in the sixth. Samuels and Ryan Brooks were both 2-for-4 with a double. Davis Lott singled twice and drove in one run.

Lee grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a sacrifice fly by Alan Smith. Montevallo posted four runs in the fourth inning. Lott singled in a run followed by Teel’s RBI double. Ty Wooten completed the frame with a two-run single up the middle.

Teel pushed the Montevallo lead to 5-1 with Teel’s solo home run in the sixth. Zazzaro’s run-scoring single cut the deficit to three. The Falcons added an unearned run in the top of the ninth to regain the four-run lead.

Chrit Rudkin scattered eight hits over 7.2 innings to pick up the win. Rudkin (4-5) gave up two runs, walked three and fanned four. Ingram allowed one hit and struck out one in the final 1.1 innings to record his second save of the season.

Logan Workman was tagged with the loss and dropped to 3-3 on the season. He gave up five runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out five Montevallo batters.

The Falcons were led by the power hitting Sebastian Samuels, who blasted two homers and finished with three RBI plus scoring three times. Tyler Krabbe chipped in with a double and a single. All totaled, Montevallo finished the afternoon with nine hits.

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