DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2018) – The Beijing Eagles softball team suffered its second straight loss to USSSA on Wednesday, falling to the Pride 6-0 at the Embry-Riddle Softball Stadium.
For the second straight game, Megan Wiggins and Bianka Bell each hit a home run with Wiggins going 2-for-4, and Bell going 1-for-3 on the night.
Keilani Ricketts struck out 11 batters in five innings of work, while Jessica Burroughs struck out three and faced the minimum in two innings of relief.
The Pride picked up where they left off with the long ball from Tuesday’s game as their first runs of the contest came via a Wiggins two-run shot over the fence in right field. Kelly Kretschman followed with a double to left to score Nicole Dewitt and a Beijing throwing error allowed Kretschman to cross, giving the Pride a 4-0 lead at the end of the third.
A wild pitch in the top of the fifth plated another run for the Pride and Bell made it 6-0 with her solo shot to right centerfield in the sixth.
Zhao Xingxing took the loss for the Eagles as she surrendered four runs on three hits in three innings pitched. Emily Watson closed out the game for Beijing, allowing two runs in four innings.
The Eagles and the Pride conclude the series with doubleheader slated for 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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.