DeLand, Fla. – The Stetson softball team (43-24) battled Campbell deep into extra innings in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship game Saturday at Patricia Wilson Field, but ultimately had its hopes of a second straight A-Sun title dashed when Camel left fielder Courtney Quinn hit a three-run walk-off home run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as Campbell won 6-3.
Stetson was four outs away from a 3-1 defeat in regulation when sophomore Amanda Lindsey (Byhalia, Miss.) hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to tie it 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth. It was Lindsey’s second late-inning game-tying home run of the tournament.
Neither team scored in the first two extra innings, although Stetson got a runner to third base with two out in the eighth and a shocking turn of events prevented Campbell from winning in the eighth. Quinn appeared to have stroked a game-winning RBI double to right field but upon appeal it was determined that she had not been officially re-entered into the game following a defensive substitution. That resulted in an inning-ending automatic out.
With two out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 10th, Camel right fielder Robin Leathers walked and stole second. The next batter, designated player Lizzie Goldbach, also walked, which brought Quinn to the plate. Lindsey, who came on in relief of Erica Demers (Miami, Fla.) in the sixth, got two strikes on the CU slugger, but the third pitch proved to be the fatal one. Quinn slammed the ball deep over the left field wall to vault the Camels into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.
Lindsey went two for three with two walks and two RBI while senior third baseman Lindsay Wightman (Surrey, B.C.) and junior left fielder Amanda Bailey (Destin, Fla.) had two hits apiece. Lindsey hit .417 with two home runs and a .917 slugging percentage in the tournament while recording a 2-1 record and 1.78 ERA in the circle. She was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team for her efforts. She had six strikeouts in relief while Demers fanned four in five innings.
Quinn went three for five at the plate with five RBI, coming up just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. She and catcher Amanda Littlejohn (3-5, RBI) made the All-Tournament Team while pitcher Brittany Stanley, who threw nearly 150 pitches in the title game, was named A-Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player. She went all 10 innings, striking out six on eight hits and five walks and allowing three runs.
Stetson’s season ends having played the most games in program history and having smashed the school team record for walks (248). Season individual records for strikeouts, home runs and RBI were also set, the former by Lindsey and the latter two by junior first baseman Andrea Migliori (Winter Garden, Fla.). The Hatters graduate four seniors: Wightman, Nicole Forbes (Tampa, Fla.), Amy Peters (Niceville, Fla.) and Blythe Golden (Marianna, Fla.). Stetson returns five starting position players, including Migliori, the only underclassman in the nation currently to have hit 20 home runs, and both its ace pitchers. Center fielder Amy Joyce (Lake Mary, Fla.) will also be back after stealing 43 bases in her first two seasons with Stetson.