In the second game of the three game series between Tennessee Wesleyan and Lee University, the Bulldogs found themselves one run short at the end of the 10th inning. Previously when the two teams met on February 12th, the Bulldogs won 4-3, yesterday, the Flames returned the favor, winning by the same margin, 3-4.
Wesleyan had ridden a double, single and two-RBI afternoon by Branden Walker to grab a 3-0 lead heading into the eighth. Lefty Brent Adheen had given the Lee hitters plenty of problems with his off-speed pitches for 5 2/3 innings. He got into a jam in the sixth, but Justin Sprenger came out of the bullpen to end the rally.
The Flames, Derrick Pitts, doubled to deep right in the eighth and then Cameron Brewster hit a home run to cut the margin to 3-2. The Flames tied the game in the top of the ninth and the Bulldogs were unable to score sending the game into extra innings. Lee hit a bunt to get one runner on base, and then followed with another was was misplayed by the TWC pitcher. The third bunt in a row moved the runners over and then the bases were loaded with an intentional walk, to try and get the final out. However, with a walk to follow by Bulldog pitching, the Flames scored the winning run.
Brent Adheen pitched 5 2/3 inning giving up 5 hits and striking out eight. Justin Sprenger came in to finish the sixth and began the seventh, giving up one hit and striking out three. Brian Bardis came in to finish the seventh. Zach Fleshman began the eighth giving up two runs on two hits. Brady Frey finished the eighth giving up one hit. Noah Piard came in, in the ninth hoping for the save, but found himself in trouble in the top of the tenth. Piard gave up two runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out one. Tyler Wilson came in to finish the tenth, walking two batters.
The Bulldogs host number 15th, Cumberland University, this weekend for a three game series. A single nine inning game on Friday begins at 2:00 pm and then a double header on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm