CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The USSSA Pride faced off against the Akron Racers on a gorgeous night in Corpus Christi, TX in front of a massive crowd of 3,030.
Danielle Lawrie(2-0) carried a 3-1 lead into the top of the 6th inning until Nicole Pauly singled home a run to make it a 3-2 ball game.
Lawrie didn’t falter and she held on, closing out the Racers to get a complete game victory and a Pride win.
Racers’ (3-2) short stop Aja Paculba brought in the first run of the game with an RBI double in the third inning, her eighth RBI on the season, to give the Racers a short-lived 1-0 lead.
In the 3rd, Ashley Charters singled home Natasha Watley to tie the game at 1 a piece. In the 4th, after a great 9 pitch at bat, and fouling off 5 in a row, Francesca Enea tore into a high fastball and hit a deep home run to left; giving the Pride a 2-1 advantage. Natasha Watley would hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kretschman, in what would turn out to be the winning run.
Kristina Thorson (1-2) took the loss for the Racers, going six innings while walking three, striking out one and allowing three runs. Danielle Lawrie(2-0) would get the win, striking out 9 and walking 1 and surrendering 2 runs.
The USSSA Pride will continue their 4 game series against the Akron Racers tomorrow as they face off in game 2 at 7:05 CT.
Watch the games live on USSSAPRIDE.com.
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
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.
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