CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Third-ranked Lee University jumped to a 7-1 lead after two innings and then added six more runs in its final two at bats en route to a 14-1 win over the University of Rio Grande, Monday afternoon, in non-conference baseball action at Olympic Field.
The Flames improved to 11-2 with the win, their second triumph over the RedStorm this season.
Rio Grande, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 7-5.
The RedStorm struck first in the opening inning when freshman Chris Ford reached on a one-out throwing error and scored on a single to right-center by senior Shane Spies.
Lee wasted little time in answering against Rio junior starter Dylan Perego, scoring three times in the home half of the first and adding four more markers in the second.
Karsten Strieby had a two-run single to highlight the three-run first, while Corey Davis delivered a bases-loaded triple for the Flames in the four-run second.
Lee tacked on another run in the third against sophomore reliever Landon Hutchison thanks to an RBI groundout by Mark Silva and that’s how things stayed until the seventh.
The Flames jumped on freshman Kirk Yates, who was making his first appearance as a pitcher this season, for four hits and five runs, although only one of the runs was earned. Brandon Rader had a two-run double and Trevor Burgess added a run-scoring two-base hit to highlight the uprising.
Josh Silver added an RBI groundout in the eighth against Rio sophomore right-hander Heath Dettwiller to set the final score.
Strieby and Danny Canela had three hits each in the Flames’ 19-hit attack, while the quartet of Silver, Davis, Silva and Rader all added two hits apiece. Davis finished with four RBI, while Strieby drove in three and Rader plated a pair of runs.
Mike Guinane allowed just three hits and the first inning run over six innings to get his second win in as many decisions. Three other relievers blanked the RedStorm on no hits over the final three innings.
Spies had two of Rio Grande’s three hits in the loss.
The RedStorm return to action on Thursday, entertaining Bluefield (Va.) College in the Mid-South Conference season opener for both teams. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.