Argonauts Drop GSC Tournament Opener

first_imgArgonauts Drop GSC Tournament Opener Share May 4, 2007Box ScoreSOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Jeaniel Pati’s single in the top of the ninth inning plated two runners as Gulf South Conference West third seed Henderson State held on for a 5-4 win over GSC East Division second seed West Florida on Friday. The game was the opener for both teams in the 2007 GSC Tournament. Henderson State (27-13) won their second straight over the Argonauts, while West Florida’s (34-24) streak of nine consecutive GSC Tournament first round wins came to an end.West Florida will face GSC East fourth seed West Georgia in a loser’s bracket game on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. West Florida must win three games on Saturday in order to advance to Sunday’s semifinal. West Florida and West Georgia split their four-game series during the regular season.With Henderson State leading 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Heather Bell (Bradenton, Fla./Bayshore HS) led off with a walk. Melissa Chastang (Saraland, Ala./Satsuma HS) then laid down a bunt that was fielded by Henderson State pitcher Katie Corbell. After Chastang was safe at first, first baseman Tiffany Stiger’s throw behind Bell at second base was high and rolled all the way to the fence in left center. Bell and Chastang both scored to tie the game at three. Later in the inning, West Florida put runners at first and second with two outs, but Corbell fielded a hard ground ball off the bat of Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) to end the inning.Julie Carroll (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) and Bell singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Chastang reached on an error, Henderson State caught Carroll in a run down between third and home plate. Carroll was eventually tagged out at third for the second out. Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) followed by lining out to left field to end the inning.Henderson State broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning. With Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest HS) in relief of Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS), Kelcie Glidden was hit by a pitch, and Tori Gast singled. Pati followed with a single to left field that scored the go-ahead run. Chastang misplayed the ball in left field, allowing Gast to score from first base and give Henderson State a 5-3 advantage.Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) tripled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. After Walton filed out to left field, Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) walked and was later caught in a run down between first and second. VanCamp was eventually tagged out during the run down, but not before Gay scored from third to cut the deficit to one. Staub then popped out to shortstop to end the game.West Florida loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and scored on a bases loaded walk to Ellen Marsh (Ankeny, Iowa/Central Florida CC). The lead held up for the Argonauts until the top of the fifth inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Pati singled to left field to tie the game. Stiger followed with a deep fly ball to left field that Chastang reached over the fence to catch for the second out. Pati then took off for second base with a runner at third. VanCamp’s throw was high and into center field, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Pati later added an important insurance run with a solo home run in top of the seventh inning.Corbell (14-4) allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits with seven walks and two strikeouts. Walton (17-9) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in one inning of relief. Burge received a no-decision after striking out nine over eight innings.First pitch of Saturday’s game between West Georgia and West Florida is set for 9:30 a.m. CST. Follow the game with “live stats,” and live audio and video on the softball page of www.goargos.com. If West Florida wins in the morning, they will play at 4:15 p.mPrint Friendly Versionlast_img

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