Flames Baseball takes their opening series vs Lindenwood
Flames baseball started off the year strong by taking both opening day games and finishing out the weekend by winning their series against Lindenwood.
The Flames opening day was especially important this season as the pitching lineup looks completely different from the past season due to missing eight offensive starters.
The team knows how important focusing on pitching and defense will be for this season, and that is a priority the team plans to carry out for the rest of the season, according to sophomore finance major Justen Freeman.
“We played good defense and did well in pitching when our offense wasn’t there,” Freeman said. “Our pitching and defense are good enough to keep on winning us ball games.”
The Flames were off to a strong start in the bottom of the first inning as junior Alan Smith hit a home run to left field, allowing him and fellow teammate Tyler Pane to score.
Junior Justin Fragale stepped up to the plate and hit a home run in left-field allowing Landon Silver to score. Added with Pane’s second run in the fifth, the Flames score would reach 5 by the bottom of the fifth inning.
Lindenwood responded in the top of the sixth, scoring 3 runs in total but not enough to draw even with the Flames.
Sophomore pitcher Logan Workman closed the game out by striking out three batters and only allowing one hit.
The Flames would go on to not only win their second game by 6-3 but also secure the series by winning the third game with some outstanding pitching performances.
The Flames lost their fourth game by a decent margin, but taking the first series of the season is what players and fans like sophomore accounting major Daniel DiMora are focused on.
“Considering it’s not possible to start off the season any better than winning, I’m pretty happy with how the game went,” DiMora said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to watch games in the new stadium, so hopefully that opens soon.”
The Flames are traveling to Florida to play against Saint Leo University on Friday and Saturday. By the time they return, the Flames hope for a victory in the series so the Flames can come home to play in their new stadium.
You can keep up with the Lee Flames baseball team on their webpage.