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Argos Ace Having Stellar Year

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The Argos know that as long as Keeley Van Blaricom is in the circle, they always have a chance to win.

The junior pitcher from Canada has 12 wins on the season which ranks 3rd most in the country. The pinnacle of her season was a 10-0 win over Peru State where she struck out 13 of 15 batters faced. It's an achievement she quickly credits to her teammates.

"I'm just like wow, I have a great team behind me," says junior pitcher Keeley Van Blaricom. "They be stealing hits, they be backing me up. I couldn't do it alone so I owe it all to them."

Of course it also helps her cause that she gives opposing pitchers fits. Keeley is hitting close to .400 on the season with a team best six home runs and 24 runs scored. It's just another way she's proved to the Argos coaches just how versatile she can be.

"My dad went up to Canada and found her at a camp as a Shortstop," says head coach Joey Egan. "I've got her up here as a Pitcher/Outfielder. When she came out here for a recruiting visit, I knew at that moment that she was going to be a star pitcher for us."

Her presence in the circle has helped UGF make the conference title game every year she's been there. And Egan says her star pitcher's work ethic has a lot to do with it.

"She makes everybody around her play a little bit better," says Egan. "They raise their level of play when they're playing with Keeley."

Just like Keeley has done every year with the Argos. Like any good pitcher, she says improving her mental strength has helped better her performance.

“I think maturity," says Van Blaricom. "Just the mental game is probably improved a lot. I just understand the game a bit better with each year.”

And that's bad news for the opposition. Because a better Keeley in the circle means a better chance for the Argos to finally get over that hump and win that elusive conference championship.

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