The Lee softball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to take the final game of the weekend series over No. 20 North Alabama, 12-4 in five innings on a sun-drenched Butler Field Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Flames (20-22, 10-14) handed the Lions (33-12, 18-9) their first run-rule defeat of the season while pounding out 14 hits in the contest.
Lee will wrap up Gulf South Conference play with a trip to Valdosta (Ga.) State Friday and Saturday before hosting Christian Brothers at home the following weekend (April 26-27).
Meghan Macias led the way for the Lady Flames from start to finish in the series finale. The senior finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Macias hit a two-run homer in the first inning to start the scoring and ended the contest with a two-run RBI single in the fifth inning to complete the run-rule victory.
Ana Coscorrosa continued her dominance at the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. The senior catcher is now hitting a sizzling .486 this season. Dominique Hannah, Lexie Dean and Laurel Allen also had multihit efforts as Lee showed balance from top to bottom in the lineup.
As a team the Lady Flames are hitting .317 and have registered three run-rule victories on the year.
Lee jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. Macias drilled a two-run homer off the foul pole in left followed by a two-run single from Lizzie Stevens that landed just fair over the first baseman's head.
North Alabama would answer with four runs of their own in the second inning. The Lions sent 10 ladies to the plate and were aided by a two walks and a pair of hit batters by Lee starter Angie Hughes.
After the wild second inning Hughes (13-11) settled in and battled back to post three straight scoreless innings to earn her team-leading 12th victory of the season. The sophomore gave up five hits and four runs over five innings of work. She struck out five and walked five.
The Lee offensive added a single run in the second before blowing things open with a five-run fourth inning. Freshman Rachel Polacek capped the big-inning with a two-run double to right center.
BreeAnna Blevins was tagged with the loss for the Lions. Blevins pitched just two innings and gave up five runs on five hits to go along with three punchouts. Hillary Carpenter worked the final 2 1/3 innings in relief. Carpenter gave up nine hits and seven runs to the high-powered Lee offense.