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Cervantes, Zymkowitz Spark Bandits Offense

Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch (2014)

ROSEMONT, Ill. – June 1, 2014 - Following her impressive game on Friday, Brittany Cervantes topped that performance with an even better offensive showing Sunday afternoon. In the 12-1 rout of Akron, Cervantes was responsible for six of the 12 runs. She hit two homeruns, her third and fourth of the season, both tallying three runs.

The Bandits scored early and often as they opened the scoring on an Ashley Thomas throwing error that brought Emily Allard home to make it 1-0. Prior to reaching home, Allard advanced to second on a Nadia Taylor throwing error. Kristen Butler hit an RBI single to right field to double the lead to 2-0. Cervantes’ first homerun of the game gave the Bandits a 5-0 lead in the first.

Five runs and six hits on eight batters faced ended Racers’ starting pitcher, Hannah Campbell’s night early as Rachele Fico replaced Campbell in the bottom of the first. Fico inherited a bases loaded situation closing out the inning allowing just one run on an Allard RBI single. The Bandits went into the second inning with a 6-0 lead.
Sara Moulton started in the circle for the second time this series for the Bandits after collecting her first professional win on Friday. Moulton gave up one run on two hits while recording four strikeouts.
Tammy Williams reached third on a Kelley Montalvo throwing error, Akron’s fourth in the first two innings. Alisa Goler’s RBI double brought in Williams to make it a 7-0 game.
The Bandits continued the rout, as Danielle Zymkowitz’s homerun to centerfield, her first of the year, gave the Bandits a 9 run lead.
The Racer’s first hit of the game came in the fourth as Haley Outon singled to center field. Jill Barrett’s RBI double made it 9-1 in the fourth. It was the only run of the game for Akron.
Kirsten Verdun came on in relief for Moulton in the fifth inning to finish out the game for the Bandits. She gave up just one hit in three innings of work.
Cervantes’ second homerun of the game came in the sixth off Lannah Campbell, Akron’s third pitcher of the game. Her three run homerun put the Bandits ahead 12-1.
Chicago took the final game of the weekend 12-1, winning the first series against Akron three games to one
Game notes:
• Racers first baseman, Nadia Taylor, had a rough game committing  three of the four Akron errors.
• Brittany Cervantes has four homeruns and 12 RBIs in four games for the Bandits.
• Moulton has now won her first two starts as a Bandit.

SITE: Ballpark at Rosemont

SCORE: Racers 1, Bandits 12

RECORDS: Akron (1-3), Chicago (3-1)

NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday, June 6 vs. Akron Racers
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.
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.