Lee closed out a three-game weekend sweep of Christian Brothers with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Bucs on Sunday afternoon at Olympic Field.
Over the entire 25 innings of baseball played over the weekend, the Flames were able to score six runs while limiting CBU to only three.
Sunday’s decision and Lee’s seventh straight win improved its record to 30-17 overall. It also nailed down a fourth-place finish in the Gulf South Conference with a 15-12 league mark.
“Sometimes you have to be able to win with your B and C game,” said coach Mark Brew after watching his club squeeze out the victory. “We did a great job of that this weekend and found ways to win. Our pitching was outstanding all weekend.”
Brew went on to praise the pitching of junior right-hander Dustin Lawson, who improved to 5-3 in working 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. He fanned four and did not allow a walk.
“Dustin did a super job again today,” stressed Brew. “He has now thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his last three starts. “Pitching and solid defense were the keys to our winning all weekend.”
The Flames scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the first. With one out, Andres Nelo laced a double and then scored on a two-base hit by Zac Hawkins. It was a team-leading 15th double by Hawkins. He also paces Lee with 36 RBIs.
Nelo not only scored what turned out to be the winning run, the second baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. He also teamed with shortstop Josh Silver to turn two important double plays and get the Flames out of jams
All totaled Lee had nine hits and left 11 runners on base. Derrick Pitts joined Hawkins and Nelo with doubles while Blake Ray, Silver, Nate Wierzgac, and Cameron Brewster picked up the other base knocks.
While Lawson was starting and getting the win, Grayson Bailey came on to pitch the Flames out of a jam in the seventh and eighth innings. Pitts picked up his second save of the weekend and has five on the year.
Christian Brothers’ starter Mac Cooley hurled six innings of solid ball. He allowed eight hits and one earned run in taking the loss. Cooley had six strikeouts and walked three. Michael Lartigue pitched the final two frames. Mickey Smith, Josh Hopkins and Caleb Goodwin had the only CBU hits.
“We finished fourth in a rugged Gulf South Conference,” pointed out Brew. “I think that says a lot about our guys’ character considering it was our first year (in GSC) and the adversity we had to battle. It’s a good start as we try to progress to be better every year in this conference.”
The Flames will host NCCAA Region play beginning on May 6. The tournament winner will advance to the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio.