“Once again, our defense was stellar,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew. “Our pitching should’ve been good enough to win us two games today, but Dustin Lawson will give us a good performance tomorrow, and we have the whole bullpen rested and ready behind him.”
The Flames (10-5, 4-4 GSC) and Wolves (6-11, 3-5 GSC) will return to Olympic Field on Sunday for the series finale. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Nikolay Uherek pitched a complete-game three-hitter but was tagged with the loss after allowing the only run of the game in the fifth inning. Uherek (3-1) walked one and struck out five batters.
“Nikolay once again threw an awesome game and certainly deserved a better fate than he received,” said Brew.
Cameron Brewster was 2-for-3 to lead the Lee offense. Derrick Pitts, Zacary Hawkins, Josh Tate and Seth Gower each tallied singles.
West Georgia’s Galen Smith doubled to lead off the fifth, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly.
The Flames out hit the Wolves 6-3, but left seven on base compared to one for West Georgia.
“Our offense disappeared, and we weren’t able to string together enough quality at bats to get anything going,” Brew stated. “Give their pitcher credit, but we have to find a way to do a better job at the plate.”
Cole Janousek (1-2) gave up six hits, one walk and fanned three in seven innings of work to earn the win.
The Flames left seven runners on base in the first four innings before finally breaking through in the fifth inning, where Lee pounded out seven hits and took advantage of two errors to post seven runs.
Pitts was 4-for-5 in the win. Hawkins and Josh Silver each added three hits, including one double each, to the 15-hit barrage.
Cameron Brewster was 2-for-4 with a two-run double. Tate, Gower and Siosi Poti recorded one single each. Poti drove in two runs.
“It was great to see our bats come alive against a quality pitcher,” said Brew. “It was definitely one of our best offensive performances of the year, even though we left 15 on base. The middle of our offense was a big key to the game.”
Jeremy Stawychny was the benefactor of the run explosion. Stawychny (3-2) gave up just one hit after the first inning where he allowed one run on three hits. The right-hander walked none and struck out eight in the complete-game victory.
“Stawychny did an excellent job limiting the damage in the first inning only allowing one run and then really settled down and threw great the rest of the game,” added Brew.
Sumner McWhorter picked up one of West Georgia’s hits with an RBI single in his first at bat.
Cody Skinner (2-3) was charged with the loss after allowing ten hits, six runs (three earned) and one walk over four innings of work.