VanCamp Walks Off With An Argonaut Win

VanCamp Walks Off With An Argonaut Win

first_imgVanCamp Walks Off With An Argonaut Win Share April 13, 2007Box Score DECATUR, Ala. – With the score tied at two in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) drove a 3-1 pitch over the right center field fence for a walk-off home run as West Florida defeated Southern Arkansas, 4-2, on Friday. West Florida (27-20, 7-7 GSC) improved to 4-0 at the GSC Crossover, while Southern Arkansas (23-21, 11-8 GSC) dropped to 0-8 all-time against West Florida.”I just wanted to get a good solid hit to move the runners over,” said VanCamp. “I really wasn’t sure whether the ball was over the fence when I hit it. I wanted to help out Emily (Burge) and get the weight off of her shoulders since she pitched a great game.Trailing 2-1, Melissa Chastang (Saraland, Ala./Satsuma HS) led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk. Chastang advanced to second on Whitney Gay’s (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) ground out and eventually advanced to third on a passed ball. Down to their final strike, Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) hit a line drive that went off the leg of Southern Arkansas pitcher Cheyenne Savony. Chastang scored the game-tying run as Walton was safe at first base. VanCamp then delivered the opposite field, walk off home run over the right field fence. It was the first Argonaut walk-off home run since Erica Olson’s game-winning blast in a 1-0 win over Florida Southern in the 2005 NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.”Anyone could have got that hit, I just got lucky,” said VanCamp. “Taren (Walton) helped take the weight off of my shoulders with the game-tying hit. It took the pressure off of me.”West Florida opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Chastang led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After Southern Arkansas starter Rebecca Forse retired the next two Argonauts, Walton singled up the middle to give West Florida a 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived as Whitney Brannon led off the top of the fourth inning with Southern Arkansas’s first hit, a home run over the center field fence off of Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS).West Florida put two runners on in the bottom of the fifth inning, but did not score. Southern Arkansas took their first lead of the game on a lead off home run by Stephanie Beason in the top of the sixth inning. The two home runs were the only two Southern Arkansas hits.Burge (13-11) earned the win by only allowing two runs on two hits while striking out seven in a complete game win. Savony (10-9) suffered the loss after allowing three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief. VanCamp and Walton combined for five hits and drove in all four Argonaut runs.West Florida will continue action in the GSC Crossover with a pair of games on Saturday. West Florida face Ouachita Baptist at 2 p.m. CST and Arkansas Tech at 4 p.m. CST. Follow the games with live stats and a live broadcast on the softball home page of www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img

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