FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. — The Lee softball team continued its eastern swing of the SSAC with a doubleheader sweep of host Emmanuel College Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Flames came back to win game one, 7-6, then blasted the Lady Lions, 17-2, in a run-rule shortened second game.
The Lady Flames also swept Southern Wesleyan University, 4-0 and 2-1, Friday evening and have improved their record to 24-5 overall and 5-1 in SSAC play.
Lee returns to Butler Field to face Point University (Ga.) Wednesday. The nonconference doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
“I’m proud of the girls for a tough week on the road versus SSAC teams,” said head coach Emily Russell. “We are looking forward to a week of games at home. We have to adjust to different types of pitching and different fields.”
In the finale against Emmanuel, Lee scored 17 runs on nine hits. Jennifer Ringle was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Savanna Bell was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Ana Coscorrosa was the only other Lady Flame with multiple hits as she went 2-for-2 in the game.
“We haven’t hit that well lately and hopefully today was a sign we are moving in the right direction,” added Russell.
Jessa Watts picked up her ninth win in 12 decisions. The freshman gave up two runs, two hits, one walk and struck out five.
Katie Deems gave up two hits and fanned three batters over two innings of relief.
Lee overcame a five-run deficit to earn the tough-fought victory in game one, scoring four in the fourth, two in the sixth and plating the game-winner in the seventh.
Savanna Bell, Jenevieve Cena and Ana Coscorrosa each had two of the team’s nine hits. Coscorrosa doubled and homered to drive in four runs.
Kelsey Barnes had a solo home run and Charlie Wooden doubled with an RBI.
Brittany Balough pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win. Balough (14-1) allowed two runs, six hits, walked one and struck out three.
Hannah Hight started and allowed four runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings.
Southern Wesleyan 0-1
On Friday afternoon, Lee swept a twin bill, 4-0 and 2-1, at Southern Wesleyan University (6-14, 2-4 SSAC).
The Lady Flames’ offense was led by Barnes and Wooden. Barnes was 5-for-8 with two doubles and two RBIs. Wooden was 4-for-8 in the twin bill with a double, home run and two RBIs.
Jenevieve Cena was 2-for-4 in game two and finished the day 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBIs.
Ringle, Savanna Bell and Barnes recorded two hits each in the opener. Bell tripled and scored.
Watts was the game two winning pitcher after entering in relief of Deems. Watts threw three innings of no-hit ball, walked one and struck out four.
Deems gave up one run on five hits, walked one and fanned three in four innings of work.
Balough picked up the win in the opener after scattering five hits over five innings. She walked one and struck out two.
Deems allowed one hit and whiffed three batters in two innings of relief.