The Lee softball team rallied from behind in both the seventh and eighth innings to score an 8-7 victory over the University of West Florida in game two of Saturday evening's doubleheader at Butler Field. The Argonauts took game one by a 6-4 margin.
The split moves the Lady Flames to 15-18 on the year. They are 7-10 in the Gulf South Conference. West Florida now sits at 22-16 overall and 11-8 in conference games.
The two clubs will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday afternoon with a single game. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
In one of the more improbable victories you'll ever see the Lady Flames refused to quit rallying from three runs down in the seventh inning to tie things up before winning game two with three runs in the eighth inning.
Freshman Amber Broome's infield single scored Lexie Dean to seal the 8-7 comeback. Broome finished with a pair of hits. "I am very happy for Amber (Broome) who got the game winning hit. She exectued in a pressure situation. said head coach Emily Russell.
Dean went 3-for-5 with four RBI. The sophomore pulled the Lady Flames within one in the seventh inning on a two-run triple. Dean would tie things back up in the eighth inning on a two-run single. Meg Macias doubled and added two singles to go along with two RBI.
"I'm very proud of the girls for playing like I know they can. We have had our share of adversity this year and tonight we played like a team." remarked Russell. "Lexie (Dean) had a fantastic night and I'm so proud of her. As a coach you can never question her determination and her ability to be coachable. She is a remarkable young lady.
The Argonauts appeared to be cruising towards the doubleheader sweep behind the arm of Lauren Register. After surrendering two runs in the first inning the West Florida starter worked five scoreless innings before Lee's rally in the seventh. Register briefly exited the game after the first two runners had reached in the seventh inning. Rebecca Hein worked a 1/3 inning giving up a run, a hit and a walk before Register returned to record the final two outs.
Register (3-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up the lead again in the eighth. She worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits an dseven runs (five earned). Register struck out seven and walked three. Game One starter Taylor Bailey came on in the eighth and gave up a walk before surrendering the game-winner on an infield hit.
Hailey Clark started and worked two innings for Lee. Clark gave up four hits and five runs (three earned). Game one starter Angie Hughes (9-10) came on to work the final six innings relief for her ninth victory of the season. Hughes gave up two runs on six hits while striking out seven.
"Angie (Hughes) came back in game two and only had two walks in six innings which was huge for us." noted Russell. "Qiley Lewis has really been coming aoround and was on base a lot tonight. I thought Meghan turned the corner at the palte tonight and started swinging like we know she can."
West Florida was led by Lou Barnard. The Argos third baseman singled, doubled and drove in four. Hannah Dowling added three hits and scored twice. Elizabeth Nugent added a pair of hits to to round out the 10-hit attack for the visitors.
"I hope we can carry this over to tomorrow and the rest of the season" concluded Russell.
The Lee softball team fell in Saturday's opener to West Florida by a 6-4 margin. The big blow came on a three-run homer from Barnard to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning.
The Lady Flames struck first on a sacrifice fly from Meg Macias in the first inning. The senior would add another sac fly in the fifth inning to tie things up at 3-3. Ana Cosocorrosa continued to swing a red hot stick. The senior first baseman drew an RBI walk in the fifth inning and roped a solo homer to right in the seventh. The Argonauts stayed away from the slugger, walking her three times in the contest, twice intentionally.
Bailey (13-6) started and went the distance for the Argonauts. The senior gave up four runs on eight hits for the victory. She walked three and struck out eight. Lee starter Hughes worked 6 1/3 innings and was tagged with the loss. The sophomore gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits. She struck out eight but walked seven.
Both teams left seven runners on base in the contest. West Florida tallied just five hits but showed patience at the plate in drawing seven free passes. Barnard and Jenna Belser both hit home runs and drove in three to pace the offensive attack for the visitors.