Things did get a bit hairy for Lee in the ninth, especially considering the Flames gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-4 loss in the opening round to LSU-Shreveport on Friday.
Moore started the LCSC ninth with a single, but was forced out at second when Aaron DeGuire reached on a fielder’s choice. Kevin Lovelace drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Bridges then worked the count to 3-1 before eventually flying out to center, and Gaylord, LCSC’s leader in home runs this season, flew out to left to end the game.
Lovelace led LCSC at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI, while Bridges went 2-for-5 with an RBI. The Nos. 3-6 hitters for LCSC, however, were a combined 0-for-15, Miller also had two hits for LCSC, which finished with seven in the game.
Scoggins and Marrero both went 2-for-3 for Lee, which finished with 10 hits. Scoggins scored twice and drove in a run, while Marrero had two RBI and one run scored. Grayson also had two hits and an RBI for Lee.
“We just didn’t get the job done,” Picone said. “For the seniors, I appreciate what they did.”
LCSC had 10 seniors on its postseason roster, including infielders Gaylord and Lovelace; outfielders Bryan Abrey, Gino Casini, and Jake Eccles; and pitchers Zach Arneson, Casey Edelbrock, Fassold, Tyrell Poggemeyer, and Jorge Sanchez.