Caroline Freiling delivered a pinch-hit two-run single and Shonna Penney held off Christian Brothers late to give the Lee softball team an 8-7 victory and series sweep of the Bucs Sunday afternoon at …
Caroline Freiling delivered a pinch-hit two-run single and Shonna Penney held off Christian Brothers late to give the Lee softball team an 8-7 victory and series sweep of the Bucs Sunday afternoon at Butler Field.
Freiling was called on to pinch-hit with two outs and the bases loaded. The senior roped a shot down the left field line to score two. A third run would score on an error by the left fielder to give the Lady Flames a 7-5 lead in the fifth inning.
"Caroline is a hitter. She has plenty of confidence in her swing and she came up big for us today," said Lee head coach Emily Russell. "We really focused on having a better approach at the plate this weekend and I'm proud of the girls for taking that practice and executing so well this weekend."
The Bucs would fight back as Ashlyn Hinton singled up the middle to make it 7-6. Penney would work out the jam inducing a line drive to end the threat.
Bailey Church provided a pivotal insurance run with a RBI double in the bottom the sixth.
Abby Ferreira kept the pesky Bucs in the game with a solo home run in the seventh but Penney closed things out to secure the sweep for Lee.
Penney (5-10) relieved starter Taylor De Adder in the circle and pitched five innings allowing five runs, three earned on seven hits. De Adder went two-plus innings allowing two runs on hit but struggled with command allowing three walks.
The Lady Flames roughed up starter Julie Schassburger for four runs on four hits over 1.2 innings. Macy Cumming (1-2) was handed the loss allowing four runs on eight hits over 3.2 frames.
De Adder launched her second home run of the season to get Lee on the board in the first inning as she blasted a three-run shot to straightaway center. Maddie Davenport followed in the second with a solo shot to left for her first home run of the season.
Christian Brothers took a 5-4 advantage in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run blast by Maddie Welch and a single from Ashlyn Hinton.
The win moves the Lady Flames to 14-18 and 4-10 in the Gulf South Conference. The Bucs fall to 6-24 and 1-16 in league play.
Lee will now gear up for a tough mid-week test as they step outside of the GSC to take on No. 1 North Georgia. The Nighthawks enter with a 26-7 record overall.
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