DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 25, 2018) – The Beijing Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the first inning and that would prove to be all the offense they would need as Angel Bunner and a pair of relievers kept the Aussie Spirit off the scoreboard, leading the Eagles to a 6-0 win. Beijing improves to 5-2 on the season and extends its win streak to four games, while the Aussie Spirit fall to 2-5.
The Eagles got on the board quickly, plating a pair of runs in the first. Chen Jia singled home Lui Li Li just three batters into the game to put Beijing up 1-0. Later in the inning, Lu Ying stole second and the throw from the catcher sailed into the outfield, allowing Jia to score to double the lead.
Beijing added another run in the third inning when Victoria Draper pressured the defense into making an errant throw, allowing her to score on the error, making it a 3-0 game.
Bunner continued to sail through the innings in the circle, allowing just four baserunners to reach through the first five innings. The Eagles added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Ying, an RBI double from Xu Qianwen, and a steal of home by Jia.
Bunner pitched around a pair of hits in the sixth to keep the shutout intact, and Gu Niannian and Chai Yinan combined to set down the Spirit in order in the seventh, completing the 6-0 victory.
Bunner was the Vaultz Lock It Up Player of the Game, earning the victory to improve to 2-1 on the season. She tossed six shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Offensively for Beijing, Chen Jia was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases, while Lu Ying was 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases.
For the Spirit, Stephanie Trzcinski took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out two. Stacey Webber, Michelle Cox, Carmelle Sorenson, Belinda White, and Tabitha Callander each collected a hit for the Spirit.
The same two teams will meet again at the Embry-Riddle Softball Stadium in for the second game of their series in Daytona Beach tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.