Led by a solid pitching performance from Jose Samayoa the Lee Flames baseball team (3-0) completed a series sweep of the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers (0-3) Sunday afternoon at Olympic Field by a 7-3 margin.
Samayoa (1-0) gave up a lead-off single to Cesar Loiz to start the game. After a double-play and a walk, Samayoa would set down the next 13 Racers in a row to record his first victory of the season. The senior gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out five in five innings of work.
Lee pitchers combined to strike out 11 UNOH hitters allowing just two walks and seven hits. Defensively the Flames were flawless while UNOH was charged with two errors.
"I thought our pitching and defense was excellent again today. " noted coach Mark Brew. "Anytime you only have two errors and give up five total runs in 25 innings of play over the weekend it is a super job by the pitchers and team defense."
As they did all series the Lee bats started early recording two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by Derrick Pitts.
The Flames would add a single run in the third and fifth innings before breaking the game open with a three-run seventh capped by a Chris Avey pinch-hit two-run double.
Brady Renner and Cameron Brewster each tallied two hits for Lee. Josh Silver went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
"Offensively we weren't quite as good today." admitted Brew. "We didn't do a very good job with situational execution and we really couldn't get anything started with our running game today. Give UNOH credit. They made us play to the last out and had the tying run at the plate.
UNOH would finally break into the scoring column with a three-run ninth inning. Alex Moore came on for the Flames to stop the bleeding, retiring the final out ,with the bases loaded, to record his first save of the year.
"Give UNOH credit. They made us play to the last out and had the tying run at the plate" said Brew.
Pichi Torres was tagged with the loss for the Ohio-based club. Offensively the Racers' were paced by Loiz who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jose Gonzalez also recorded two hits and accounted for two of his teams three runs with a two-run single in the ninth.
"It's a good start for our team as we enter this week with 5 big games" stated Brew.
The first of those five games will be Wednesday afternoon for the Lee Flames when they will welcome Tennessee Temple to Olympic Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.