Flames battling tough stretch
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Two big innings were the downfall of Lee University’s third-ranked baseball team against No. 12 Lindsey Wilson College Tuesday evening at Olympic Field. The 6-5 defeat was the Flames’ fourth in the last six games.

Lindsey Wilson (14-10) opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Manuel Ozoria doubled in a run and two more came in on a dropped fly ball to give the visitors an early 3-0 lead.

The Flames (20-6) came roaring back with four runs with two out in their next at bat. Derrick Pitts singled and moved to second on Corey Davis’ single. Jordan Stewart would plate Pitts with the team’s third consecutive single. Following a walk by Trevor Burgess, Brandon Rader drilled a bases-clearing double to give Lee a 4-3 lead.

Karsten Strieby’s double in the fifth inning scored Josh Silver to put the Flames ahead by two.

Stewart finished the day 2-for-4 and joined Silver (2-for-5) as the only Flames with two hits.

Leandro Perez started LWC’s comeback with a one-out double in the eighth. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Perez scored on Manuel Alonso’s sacrifice fly. Jeandro Andino pushed across the tying run with a bloop single and Jeff Kerian drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double.

“We definitely let that one get away from us,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew. “We played well enough to win, but a few big errors and the big inning in the eighth did us in.”

Perez, Ozoria and Kerian led the Blue Raiders with two hits each.

Chris Erker started for LWC and was tabbed for five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Pulliam scattered four hits over the final 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win. The soft-throwing right-hander improved his record to 3-3.

“Give Lindsey Wilson credit,” added Brew. “They battled back, but we didn't make any adjustments of Pulliam and he shut our offense down.”

Mike Guinane started for the Flames and left the game after giving up three hits, three runs (one earned), two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.

Kyle Briner and Jeremy Stawychny carried the Flames through the seventh inning with LWC getting just one hit against Stawychny.

Alex Moore was charged with the loss after 2/3 innings of work. Moore (1-2) gave up three runs, two hits and a walk. Andy Hillis gave up two hits and fanned two over the final 1 1/3 innings.

“We will have to regroup at practice the next two days and get ready for a good Emmanuel team this weekend,” Brew concluded.