Union Wins Series With Lee

Sunday, March 18, 2018
 Union University used a four-run first to grab the lead and added the go-ahead run in the fifth to win the series from the Lee softball team with a 7-6 win in Sunday's series finale.

Gabby Morris (6-5) finished off the final 3.2 innings in relief to earn the victory for the Bulldogs. She allowed just two hits and a run while striking out four. Morris also finished 3 for 4 at the plate.

The Lady Flames jumped on the board in the first as Taylor Moran finished off a six-hit series with a two-run single to give the Lady Flames a brief 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs wouldn't be down long as they responded with a four-run bottom of the first. After a walk and a passed ball tied things up Ashten Petty delivered a two-run double to put the home team up 4-2.

The Lady Flames took back the lead with a four-run fourth inning. Zoe Miller hit a run-scoring single to start things off before Union handed Lee three more runs on an error and a passed ball.

Once again however the Bulldogs responded. Kristen Pickens recorded an RBI groundout and Sarah Smith tied things up with a single in the fourth. Peyton Mathis finished off another come back for the Bulldogs with a run-scoring double in the fifth inning to give Union the 7-6 advantage.

Kayla Gooch tripled and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Lee offense. Lily Hatcher, Stevie Baird and Bailey Church each singled in the contest.

Erika Greek started and didn't make it out of the first inning for the Lady Flames as she allowed four runs. Greek yielded just one hit but was hurt by three walks. Leigh Beatenbough (5-6) was tagged with the loss as she allowed three runs on six hits over 3.2 innings. The senior struck out five. Shonna Penney finished off the final 1.2 innings and did not allow a run.

The loss drops the Lady Flames to 14-16 and 6-9 in league play. Union improves to 9-13 and 4-10 in the GSC.

Lee will get back on the diamond Wednesday as it host Young Harris College for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The Lady Flames will get back into GSC play as they host Auburn Montgomery on Friday and Saturday.

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