Thanks to solid pitching and a timely grand slam by sophomore Dominique Hannah, the Lee softball team defeated West Georgia 6-3 in Sunday’s series finale at Butler Field.
With the victory, the Lady Flames took the series 2-1 over the Lady Wolves and moved to 9-10 on the year. They now have four wins against five defeats in conference play. West Georgia fell to 13-9 overall and 4-5 in GSC contests.
Hannah broke a scoreless tie with a two-out grand slam to left-center field in the bottom of the third to give the Lady Flames a 4-0 advantage.
From there Angie Hughes and Hailey Clark took over in the circle to guide the Lady Flames past UWG in the rubber match of the GSC weekend series. Hughes (5-5) worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs. The sophomore struck out three and walked five.
Clark came on to close out the victory, working the final 1 2/3 innings for her first career save. She gave up two hits and struck out one batter. The freshman also delivered at the plate, going for 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Both Lee pitchers bobbed and weaved out of jams throughout the contest in stranding 12 West Georgia runners on base. The Lady Flames made the most of their scoring opportunities, leaving just five runners on.
The Wolves did all of their damage via the long ball. Molly Uhrman pulled West Georgia within two in the fifth inning with a two-run shot to center. Heather Crow followed with a solo homer in the sixth but West Georgia could not draw any closer.
Megan Roberts (3-4) started and worked 2 2/3 innings for the Wolves. Roberts gave up the lone hit but the Hannah grand slam accounted for the winning margin for Lee. Courtney Gunby worked the final 3 1/3 innings in relief giving up two runs on five hits.
Lee will travel to Bryan College Wednesday for a nonconference doubleheader at 2 p.m. The Lady Flames will return to GSC play this weekend when they welcome West Alabama to Butler Field for a three-game set, beginning with Saturday’s doubleheader at 1 p.m.