Cat Osterman Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Kissimmee, FL - July 20, 2014 - A three-run second and a two-run fifth were all Cat Osterman and the USSSA Florida Pride needed for a 5-0 victory against the Chicago Bandits Sunday night at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex. Amanda Kamekona’s sacrifice fly to left field in the second inning proved to be the game winner.
After Andrea Duran walked, Kelly Kretschman ripped a double to right center in the bottom of the second. Kamekona then lined a sacrifice fly to left field to score Duran. Two batters later Courtney Ceo laced a triple over the head of the right fielder to score Kretschman and Megan Willis, who had reached on a walk. Ceo ended the day going 1-2 with two RBIs.
In the bottom of the fifth, Natasha Watley advanced to third after her single to right field got passed right fielder Cheyenne Coyle. Four pitches later, Lowe lined a double to left center scoring Watley. Lowe came around to score after a RBI single to right field by GiOnna DiSalvatore. Watley and Kretschman each had two hits on the day while four different the Pride players recorded a RBI.
Osterman (11-0) picked up the victory as she went five innings and struck out 10. The Bandit shortstop Tammy Williams recorded the only hit of the day, a bunt single in the top of the second. Chelsea Thomas and Jordan Taylor each threw a scoreless inning in the sixth and seventh respectively. Andrea Williamson (2-2) suffered the loss after giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.
The Pride and the Bandits will return to action for game three of the series Monday, July 21 at 7:05 PM EDT. For tickets visit, http://usssapride.com/ or purchase tickets at the gate. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with play-by-play Eric Collins and analyst Barbara Jordan.
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Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL
Score: Bandits 0, Pride 5
Records: Chicago (17-11), Pride (22-8)
Next Game: Monday, July 21 at 7:05 PM EDT
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
About USSSA Florida Pride
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.