DAYTON — The Lee University softball team settled for a doubleheader split with rival Bryan College Wednesday afternoon after the Lady Flames held leads going into the bottom of the seventh in both games.
The Lady Flames (10-11) improved to 2-0 on the year in extra frames after topping the Lady Lions 5-3 in nine innings to open Wednesday's twin bill.
Thanks to a strong outing from starter Angie Hughes, Lee held a 1-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Lions (7-8) forced extra innings on an RBI single by Jill Davis.
The two teams exchanged runs in the eighth before Lee put the game away with a three-run ninth.
Ana Coscorrosa doubled twice and drove in four runs to lead the offensive attack for the Lady Flames. Amanda Lynn and Lexie Dean each singled and scored a run, while Dominique Hannah singled and scored twice.
A pair of freshmen also made an impact at the dish. Hailey Clark finished 2-for-4 and Amber Broome added a pair of singles as Lee pounded out a total of 13 hits in the contest.
Angie Hughes started in the circle for the Lady Flames and worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits. She struck out 11 and walked four. Annabeth Pruett (2-2) came on in relief and worked the final 2 2/3 innings for the victory. The freshman gave up two runs on one hit while striking out five.
Kaitie Simms went the full nine innings for Bryan. Simms gave up five runs on 13 hits while striking out seven.
LADY LIONS 2,
LADY FLAMES 1
In the nightcap, the Lady Flames were unable to hold on to a one-run lead as the Lions scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to claim the 2-1 walkoff victory and the series split.
Lee jumped on the board first with a solo run in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Dominique Hannah.
In the home half of the seventh, Katie Vaughn drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game before Olivia Gore singled home the winning run.
Hannah finished with a double and a single. Clark finished 2-for-3 while Dean added a single. Starting pitcher Pruett singled and scored the lone run for the Lady Flames.
Pruett worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the Lady Flames. She scattered six hits and walked one. Clark (2-4) was tagged with the loss after working just 2/3 of an inning in relief giving up two runs on three hits. Hughes came on to try and salvage the game with the bases loaded in the seventh before yielding a walk and a single.
Sarah Hundley recorded the victory for Bryan in pitching a complete game and giving up one run on six hits over seven innings. She struck out seven and walked only one.
The Lady Flames head back into conference play Saturday when they welcome West Alabama to Butler Field for a three-game series. The doubleheader with the Lady Tigers is slated for a 1 p.m. start.