first_imgWest Florida Upsets #1 Ranked University of Alabama-Huntsville in the Seventh Inning, 5-4 March 15, 2008 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Argonauts pushed to the absolute limit in the first game of a doubleheader against #1 ranked University of Alabama-Hunstville to capture the win in the bottom of the seventh inning, 5-4. Both teams battled throughout the game but UWF came out on top, as pitcher Jillian LaFrance earned her eighth win to improve to 8-4. LaFrance had six strikeouts on the day, and West Florida defense was solid behind her with no errors.Both teams came out swinging as West Florida opened up the weekend with GSC conference play against the first ranked University of Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday afternoon. University of Alabama-Hunstville’s Marilyn Cooper led off with a single straight up the middle and would eventually score on an RBI single from Krystal Johnson to be first on the scoreboard. West Florida’s catcher Kristee Wheeler led off in the second inning with a stand up double after a hard home plate collision in the top of the first with Cooper. Nicky VanCamp had a big response for UAH and set the pace for UWF when she blasted her sixth homerun of the year, second of the week, to score Amie McMillion who was pinch running for Wheeler.Back-to-back doubles from UAH in the top of the fifth inning tied the score at 2-2. Cooper advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and a walk drawn by Amy Harris to put two runners on the bases for the Chargers. Caitlin Lee was responsible for gaining the lead for UAH with two RBIs on a double to left field, making the score 4-2.UWF refused to surrender in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Julie Carroll doubled to the right-center field fence. Melissa Chastang stayed hot, ripping an RBI single through the right side to score Carroll. After advancing on a wild pitch, Chastang scored on a throwing error from the pitcher to tie the ball game at 4-4.West Florida was still relentless as senior second basemen Whitney Gay stepped up to the challenge and brought the winning run for UWF in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Gay doubled to right center and Caurie Miller put the tie breaking run on third with a sacrifice fly to left field. With Nicky VanCamp threatening at the plate, Charger pitcher Alex Lewis crumbled and threw a wild pitch that scored Gay to lift West Florida to a big victory over the number one team in the nation.West Florida produced 7 hits in the victory, led again by Melissa Chastang who went two-for-three with two singles. Heather Bell, Gay, Carroll, VanCamp, and Wheeler all added hits to the books, as well. “Our girls never quit,” said Coach Tami Cyr. “UAH was on the board first and they responded. UAH took the lead again, and they responded. They never gave up, never quit and forced UAH to make mistakes to get the win.”GSC conference play against Alabama-Huntsville continued immediately following the first game. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img