Photo by David Saffran
KISSIMMEE, FL – August 8, 2013 - The USSSA Pride recorded their 29th win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the NY/NJ Comets at Osceola County Stadium Thursday night in game one of the four-game series, their final home series of the season.
Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly shined against NY/NJ’s Angel Bunner, allowing only five hits and dishing out ten strikeouts in seven complete innings.
The Comets struck first with a solo homerun to left center from Brittney Lindley in the fourth inning, but it didn’t take the Pride long to fire back; Kristyn Sandberg and Ashley Charters scored on a double from Caitlin Lowe, who went 3-4 with three RBIs, in the bottom half of the inning, which was immediately followed by Natasha Watley scoring on a passed ball, giving the Pride a 3-1 lead.
Lindley (2-2) scored on a double to center field from Courtney Liddle in the sixth inning, bringing the Comets back within one run, but a double from Lowe in the same inning scored Jenn Salling, which would be the final run of the ballgame, giving the Pride a 4-2 win.
Bunner pitched six full innings, allowing seven walks and four runs on seven hits, though she struck out four Pride hitters.
Along with Lowe, it was a big night at the plate for USSSA’s Francesca Enea as well, going 2-3.
Thursday night’s win puts the Pride just one game behind the first place Chicago Bandits in the NPF standings.
The USSSA Pride (29-12) and NY/NJ Comets (8-33) meet again for game two of the series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Don’t miss exclusive coverage on USSSAlive.com.
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.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!