Van Camp leads Grizzlies to 10th straight win

Junior Christian Van Camp belted a three-run home run in the third inning and came on to earn a save on the mound in the ninth as the Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team won its 10th straight game with a 5-4 victory at NCAA Division III foe Covenant College Friday afternoon in Lookout Mountain.

The Grizzlies (19-6) built a 5-0 lead and used eight strong innings from freshman starter Sheldon Connor to snap the Scots' eight-game winning streak.

Robbie Payne had two of GGC's seven hits, including a double, to continue a 13-game hitting streak.

The Scots (15-4) scored three times in the ninth inning before the Grizzlies' defense ended the game with a double play and a pickoff of the game-tying run.

Van Camp earned his first save of the season in relief of Connor, who struck out seven batters to improve to 5-0.

"Sheldon Connor got us the win today," Grizzlies head coach Brad Stromdahl said. "He was outstanding and really competed.

"We also did a great job of competing against a good pitcher on their side. It was nice to overcome and win this game."

The Grizzlies strung together a two-out rally in the third to break a scoreless tie. After Antonio Allen singled and Payne was hit by a pitch, Pat Long drove in the game's first run with an RBI single. Van Camp stepped to the plate and made it 4-0 with a three-run shot to right-center field, his first home run of the season.

Georgia Gwinnett tacked on a run in the fifth when Payne singled and scored on a groundout by Van Camp, who drove in four of GGC's five runs.

The Scots scored once in the sixth before cutting the deficit to one in the ninth on RBI-hits from Perry Rigby and Paul Phillips.

Phillip Bates and Sloan Strickland added hits for GGC, which improved to 10-6 on the road this year.

The Grizzlies and Scots continue their series with two games today, starting at 4 p.m., at the Grizzly Baseball Complex in Lawrenceville.