Pitts leads Flames in doubleheader sweep
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Lee first baseman Zac Hawkins waits for the throw as the Flames chase Purdue-Calumet’s Micah Rooke back to first during Thursday baseball action at Lee’s Olympic Field. Lee University cutline
Lee first baseman Zac Hawkins waits for the throw as the Flames chase Purdue-Calumet’s Micah Rooke back to first during Thursday baseball action at Lee’s Olympic Field. Lee University cutline
Senior Derrick Pitts enjoyed a monster day at the plate and three of his teammates were not far behind as the Lee baseball team exploded for 26 runs on 22 hits in a doubleheader sweep over the University of Purdue-Calumet, by scores of 19-3 and 7-0, on a cool Thursday afternoon at Olympic Field.

Pitts finished the day with seven hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored. His hits included four doubles, a home run and two singles. Cameron Brewster followed with four hits, five RBIs and a homer. Zac Hawkins did his part with four hits, five RBIs and three two-baggers. Blake Ray rounded out the big four with three hits, four runs batted in and a home run.

All totaled, the foursome posted 11 of the team's 26 runs, 17 of the Flames’ 22-hit total and 20 of the 25 RBIs collected in the two contests.

"I think this was one of our better back-to-back offensive performances of the season," said coach Mark Brew after his Flames improved to 16-7. "Pitts, Ray, Hawkins and Brewster all had solid days at the plate. Many other hitters contributed quality at bats as well. Additionally, we played 14 innings of errorless baseball."



The Flames opened the doubleheader by pounding out 15 hits, including three home runs, in a convincing 19-3 victory over the visitors from Indiana.

Pitts led the way with a pair of doubles, a two-run homer and a single. He finished the contest with six RBIs and scored three times.

Ray helped break open a scoreless tie in the third inning when he ripped his first home run of the year. The Flames went on to score five runs before the inning ended and were never threatened. Lee put five more runs on the board and increased the lead to 10-1 in the fourth inning but unloaded the heavy lumber in the sixth frame.

Pitts blasted a two-run shot and later in the inning Brewster followed with a three-run homer. All totaled, the Flames banged out nine extra base hits in the opener.

Hawkins drove in four runs with a double and a single. He also scored once. Jordan Stewart had a two-base hit and a single. He tallied twice, while Seth Gower and Nathan Wierzgac also contributed doubles.

Josh Silver and Andres Nelo each had a hit and an RBI, and each scored twice. Cameron Scott collected Lee's other RBI. He also scored.

Lefty Ryan Zimmer started and hurled five innings to claim the victory. He gave up five hits, one earned run, struck out three and did not issue a free pass. Rob Gustitus pitched the final two innings. He surrendered three hits, two earned runs, also struck out three and walked two.

Calumet's Cody Roberts was the starting and losing pitcher. He worked three innings and allowed seven earned runs. Brett Brinkley had a double and a single for the losers. He also scored twice and drove home one run.



After taking two hours to win game one, the Flames needed only 1 hour, 39 minutes in handing the first-year Purdue-Calumet program a shutout defeat in game two.

Lee went right to work with two runs in the first inning and then added four more in the third to give starting pitcher CJ Lusted all the help he needed. The right-hander pitched six innings and allowed only three hits. He struck out nine and walked two. Lucas Barnett pitched the final inning. He allowed one hit, struck out three and walked one.

Pitts was a perfect 3-of-3 including a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Ray continued to swing a hot bat with a double and a single, two RBIs and a run scored.

Not to be outdone, Brewster slapped a pair of hits and knocked in two runs, while Hawkins laced his ninth double of the year, tallied a single, scored twice and his two RBI improved on his team-leading mark to 18.

Aurello Cazares was the starting and losing Purdue-Calumet hurler. He pitched six innings and allowed six earned runs, walked four and struck out two. Alex Freitag came on to complete the contest and was solid in allowing just one run, one hit, three walks and four strikeouts in three innings. Anthony Schneider doubled for the losers.

"Zimmer and Lusted were very good in starting roles and our pitching again was very good throughout the day," noted Brew. "We need to use the momentum of last weekend and today to continue to springboard us into this weekend series with Tiffin."

The Flames will host the Ohio school in a single game on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and then play a doubleheader on Saturday. The first pitch is slated for noon.