Allentown, Pa.- Emily Friedman launched a two-run home run against Cat Osterman, and the Philadelphia Force added a run in the fourth inning but they were defeated, 5-3, by the Rockford Thunder in a game that does not count in the NPF standings.
Osterman pitched the entire game for the Thunder and recorded 12 strikeouts. The Force had five hits off of her.
Rockford started the scoring off of Kristina Thorson, who pitched two innings. A sacrifice fly by catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest in the first inning drove in Kristen Zaleski, who started the game with a single and moved to third on a double by Audrey Rendon.
In the second inning, first baseman Serena Settlemier led off with a home run to make it 2-0 Thunder.
But the Force would battle back against Osterman to take the lead. In the bottom of the third, left fielder Loren Anguiano singled for the first hit for the Force. Second baseman Friedman followed with her homer to tie the score at 2.
The Force took the lead in the fourth. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer reached first with a single. She moved to second on a bunt single by Jenna Hall when no Thunder infielder covered first base. With Spencer dancing off of second, Vandergeest tried to pick her off, but the throw got away and Spencer went to third. Megan McAllister plated Spencer with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Force a one run advantage.
The Thunder did not quit against Jodie Cox, who replaced Thorson. Lindsay
Gardner hit a one-out single. She then stole second base as the next batter struck out. Amanda Williams scored Gardner with a single to center. Erin Evans was then hit by a pitch. The next batter, Zaleski, hit a grounder to the right side. Friedman make a great play just to get to the ball, but her throw to first was late. Williams never stopped at third, and scored on a very close play at the plate to give the Thunder the lead.
The Thunder scored one more time in the seventh to complete the scoring.
The Force and Thunder will meet again tomorrow night at 7:05. On Wednesday, the Force begins a four-game set that starts the Forces eight-game stretch run to the NPF playoffs.