Argonaut baseball bests Lee in last home series of regular season

By Allison Bew
Staff Writer

University of West Florida baseball took two of three in the final home stand of the season against the Lee University Flames this weekend in a doubleheader on Saturday, winning the first two games 13-5, 6-3. However, the Argos lost the final game of the series 4-3 in extra innings.

The Argonauts will play in the Gulf South Conference tournament this weekend in Cleveland, Mississippi, where they are sixth seed out of eight teams.

“We are going to work hard and do everything we can to put ourselves in the best position to play at our best, and that’s what we’ve got to do if we want to have success there,” said head coach Mike Jeffcoat.

Center Fielder Michael Savas hits a single, bringing in catcher Tanner Halstead from third base to score. (Photo by Allison Bew)

Two Lee batters singled in the third inning and plated two runs. The Argonauts responded in the fifth inning by scoring three runs by Michael Savas and Nick Kerkmann, each hitting singles, and Brandon Harmon’s sacrifice bunt, making the score 3-2.

Lee answered in the seventh inning with an RBI single to center field, tying the game at 3-3.

With the score tied, Lee took the lead in extra innings with an RBI single up the left side of the field.

“We had a couple of scoring opportunities to take the lead, but we didn’t get the big bat we needed, but I give Lee credit. They came back and did the job they needed to do,” said Jeffcoat.

The Gulf South Conference Tournament this weekend is round-robin style, meaning UWF has a guaranteed three games. They will be playing North Alabama, West Alabama and Mississippi College on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively. If they beat these teams, they will advance in the tournament.

For more information about Argos baseball, see the UWF baseball website.