Despite Houston's homer, No. 6 Lee bests Shorter, 12-2

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Shannon Houston hit his eighth homer of the season in Shorter's 12-2 loss to Lee

Shannon Houston hit his eighth homer of the season in Shorter's 12-2 loss to Lee

April 16, 2010

Rome, Ga. - Shannon Houston hit his team-best eighth home run of the season, but visiting and No. 6-ranked Lee University raced out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and never looked back, sending the homestanding Hawks to a 12-2 defeat in Friday's Southern States Athletic Conference contest at the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.

The Flames, recapture first place in the SSAC with the victory and move to 36-10 overall and 11-5 in league play. Shorter, which stood just three games out of second place at the start of the day, falls to 22-24 overall and 7-9 in the SSAC.

The Flames, who advanced to the NAIA World Series last season, came out hot on a sizzling Friday afternoon, drawing two walks to open the game and then using an Edgar Molina sacrifice fly and a Seth Walker RBI single to take a 3-0 lead in the first.

Lee tacked on five more runs in the top of the third to grab a commanding 8-0 lead. Houston's second homer in his last three outings, a monster two-run blast over the left field wall in the fourth, halted the Flames' run and pulled the Hawks to within 8-2, but Flames' starter Matthew Gilson was masterful on the mound, going all seven innings while allowing just four hits and striking out five in a winning effort.

Gilson scattered those four Shorter hits among four different Hawks. Kurtis Robinson went 1-for-3 with a double, Matt Johnson went 1-for-3 with a single, Houston turned in a 1-for-3 day with his home run and Scott Morris finished 1-for-2.

Michael Brown led the way for Lee offensively going 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI - his two-run double in the sixth put the Flames up 11-2.

Shorter and Lee will conclude their three-game set tomorrow, Saturday, April 17 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Tomorrow's doubleheader marks Military Appreciation Day as the Hawks will don camouflaged uniforms and sponsor a wide variety of events that are open to the public at noon, including the arrival of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, three U.S. Army Hummers and a peddle car course.

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