Lee Cruises Past Missouri Baptist, 12-2
LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) continued its hot hitting at the 2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series, cruising to a 12-2 win over No. 9 Missouri Baptist Tuesday afternoon at Harris Field.
With the win, Lee improves to 51-11 on the season and advances to the championship semifinals. The Flames will play at either 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. PDT tomorrow. Pairings for the semifinals will be determined by the World Series tournament committee and will be posted later today on www.NAIA.org. Missouri Baptist (37-14), who was making its first-ever appearance at the Worlds Series, is eliminated from the championship.
Lee seized control of the contest in the bottom of the first when Josh Silver and Corey Davis hit solo home runs to give the Flames the early 2-0 lead. The deep fly ties Davis for the team lead with nine, while Silver rests with four.
The Flames added another five runs in the fifth to make it 7-2. Back-to-back Missouri Baptist errors to start the inning set the table for Lee, who plated the first run on a Silver single to center field. Davis chipped in with his second RBI of the game after Danny Canela walked. A pair of sac flies and another single accounted for the remainder of Lee’s five-run frame.
The sixth looked much like the fifth for Lee, as they added another four runs to bring its total to 11-0. Brady Renner’s two-run home run highlighted the inning. The blast is his fourth of the season.
Missouri Baptist scored its first run of the contest when Ryan Gunhouse tripled to bring home Patrick Johnson, who had reached earlier on a single.
Lee tallied its final run of the game in the bottom seventh.
Missouri Baptist wrapped up the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth.
Davis and Silver led the way for the Flames offense. Davis extended his hit streak to eight games with a 2-for-3 effort. Davis is hitting .500 in three games at the World Series, including two doubles, one home run and one triple. Silver finished the contest 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Lee starter Clint Terry improved to 11-1 on the season. The left-hander surrendered one run on nine hits in seven innings of work. He also had five strikeouts in the effort.
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series is a 10-team, double elimination event hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. For more information on the World Series, click here.