Flames complete GSC sweep of CBU

By LEE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 3/24/19

Miguel Pimentel capped off a 10-RBI week with six runs plated on Sunday to lead the Lee University baseball to a series sweeping 13-2 victory over Christian Brothers from a sun-splashed Olympic …

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Flames complete GSC sweep of CBU

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Miguel Pimentel capped off a 10-RBI week with six runs plated on Sunday to lead the Lee University baseball to a series sweeping 13-2 victory over Christian Brothers from a sun-splashed Olympic Field.

The Flames didn't take long to heat the bats back up as they scored six runs in the second inning. Tyler Payne got the scoring started with a hustle single to second to score Justin Fragale. Two more runs would score on CBU miscues of a throwing error and wild pitch. Pimentel capped off the rally with a bases clearing three-run double to left field.

The six runs proved to be more than enough for the Lee pitching staff. Alan Rickman (1-4) earned his first victory for the Flames. The righty went five innings allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out three and walked three. David Pattinson and Lance Hamilton combined for two scoreless innings of relief.

"This was a big weekend for us. We needed to get the sweep because we've got a tough finishing schedule coming up and we needed to make up some ground quickly. I thought we swung the bat well up and down the lineup," said head coach Mark Brew. "Even guys like Payne with a hustle single to prolong the inning and then six runs later we have the lead. Those things are important. I was really pleased with how we managed ourselves with really impressive approaches at the plate."

The Bucs scored two runs in the third on a groundout by Jaime Soto and a J.D Goodspeed double down the left field line. The only other offense came from Garett Reason-Kerkhoff who had two singles.

Pimentel drove in two more runs in the fourth with a single to right field. Joshua Perez would follow suite with a two-run single through the right side. Thomas Zazzaro would cap of the five-run inning with a bases loaded walk.

Zazzaro added a bases loaded walk in the sixth and Pimentel put the finishing touches on an incredible day at the plate with a sacrifice fly center to score Payne.

"I was trying to let the ball come to me and be calmer at the plate. We came into this weekend fired up and keep the energy up and keep some momentum," said Pimentel. "We have guys up and down the lineup swinging the bat well so hopefully we can keep that going the rest of the season."

Griffin Miller (2-4) lasted just 1.2 innings on the mound for the Bucs giving up six runs but only one was earned. He allowed five hits and two walks. Tyler Flynn was roughed up for five runs on six hits over 1.2 innings of relief.

The win moves Lee back to an even 15-15 mark on the year. Lee is now 7-6 in the Gulf South Conference. The Bucs fall to 8-21 overall and 4-14 in league play.

The Flames will welcome Tusculum to town on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before jumping back into conference play with a three-game weekend series at West Georgia beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. 

In Saturday's doubleheader, Lee marched past Christian Brothers University with a 14-6 win in game and a 7-2 victory in game two on Saturday afternoon at Olympic Field.

Prior to game one the Flames honored Bradley County Veterans hosting their seventh annual Military Appreciation Day. Lloyd Kester, a World War II veteran and Bible Training School (Now Lee University) alumnus threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"What a special day! It's my favorite day of the year and I am really proud of the veteran and community turnout for our annual Military Appreciation Day event," said head coach Mark Brew. "It's been a staple on our schedule and to add the new stadium and green space made the event even more exciting to host."

Game 1

FLAMES 14, CBU 6

The Flames pounded out 18 hits and scored eight runs in the sixth inning to breeze past the Bucs, 14-6 in Saturday's opener.

Miguel Pimentel launched a three-run home run in the third inning to cap off a four-run third frame for Lee to get the offense jump started.

CBU would battle back to take the lead before the Flames sent 12 men to the plate and had eight hits in the sixth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 12-5 route.

Every starter had at least one hit and all but three drove in a run in the offensive explosion. Thomas Zazzaro doubled and tripled, drove in two and scored three runs. Fernando Ortiz had two hits and three RBI. Justin Fragale and Keshaun Smith had three knocks each.

"It was nice to get the offense clicking on all cylinders. We got some big swings up and down the line-up and that was a big key to our big innings. Brandon Thompson did a nice job in relief," said Brew.

Thompson (2-0) earned the win as he tossed 5.1 innings of relief. The sophomore allowed five hits and two runs while striking out five. Randall Coxwell started for the Flames and gave up six hits and four runs, three earned over 3.2 innings.

Gil Erwin (1-6) labored through 5.1 innings for the Bucs. He was tagged with 10 runs on 12 hits. He struck out six and walked four.

Jared Cramer led the CBU offensive attack with a run-scoring single in the fourth and solo home run in the sixth inning while Keegan Voss doubled and singled twice.

Game 2

FLAMES 7, CBU 2

Thomas Zazzaro led off the game with a solo home run and drove in another run in the sixth to help back a quality start from Logan Workman as the Flames completed the doubleheader sweep of the Bucs with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.

With the score tied at 2-2 the Flames once again used the sixth inning to break things open, this time striking for five runs. Pimentel singled and scored a pair of runs while Fernando Ortiz, Fragale and Dalton Nay each had one-base knocks.

Workman pitched six innings and gave up just two runs on one hit. He struck out five and walked three to improve to 3-2 on the season. Michael Hendricks cleaned up the seventh and final inning with a pair of strikeouts.

"Workman really had a nice outing in his first collegiate start. We know he can close games, but felt we needed to take a look at if he could extend deeper into games and he proved that today," said Brew.

Ryan Taylor started and settled for a no-decision for the visitors as he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out four and walked one. Blake Dallas (1-1) retired just two batters in the sixth allowing four runs on just one hit with two walks.

Hunter Howard provided the offense for the Bucs with a two –run double into the left-center field gap in the fourth inning.

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