DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2018) – The USSSA Pride used the long ball to improve to 30-2 on the year with a 15-0 in over Beijing, Tuesday at the Embry-Riddle Softball Stadium.
Kristi Merritt was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Chelsea Gooadacre went 2-for-3 with a game-high five RBIs, including a grand slam, to lead the Pride.
Jolene Henderson earned the win for USSSA, striking out five and surrendering just two hits in five scoreless innings.
Tuesday’s game featured three big innings for the Pride. The visitors broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by a Bianca Bell two-run shot to right center field that gave the Pride a 3-0 lead.
Home runs were key for the Pride in a five-run fifth. Following Megan Wiggins solo shot to right, the Pride loaded the bases for Chelsea Goodacre who hit a grand slam to right to extend the lead to 8-0.
The Pride used a two-hit rally to plate seven runs in the sixth. Angel Bunner, who entered the game in relief in the fifth, got two outs via the strikeout, but then a walk and a single put two runners on for Shelby Pendley who homered to right to send three more runs across. Three batters later, after a Gooadacre single scored Bell, Alex Powers hit a home run to left center to add two more to the tally and close out the scoring.
Wang Lan surrendered three runs on four hits to take the loss for the Eagles.
The Eagles and the Pride continue the five-game series with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.
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.