ROSEMONT, Ill.-August 1, 2014– Cat Osterman’s stellar pitching shut down the Bandits as the USSSA Florida Pride won game two 3-0 to even the series at one game a piece.
Bandits’ rookie Sara Moulton (6-1) suffered her first loss of the season after she allowed three earned runs in three innings pitched.
In the top of the first, Madison Shipman put the Pride up 1-0 after a RBI single to center to score Natasha Watley, who had led off the inning with a double. In the second, Megan Willis hit her first homerun of the season to put the Pride up 2-0.
Back-to-back singles by Andrea Duran and Amanda Kamekona in the fourth brought GiOnna DiSalvatore to the plate. Her sac fly to center plated Duran for the third and final Pride run of the night. Watley and Lowe went a combined 4-7 on the day.
A pitching change for the Bandits brought Estela Pinon on in relief of Sara Moulton to finish out the game. Pinon shut down the Pride offense allowing just two hits with three strikeouts.
Osterman (13-0), who earned her 13th win of the season, gave up four hits while recording 11 strikeouts. Kristen Butler, Amber Patton and Megan Wiggins were the only Bandits hitters to record hits against Osterman.
Game three of the series is Saturday, August 2 at the Ballpark at Rosemont with first pitch coming at 7:35 p.m.
BOX SCORE LINK: https://gc.com/game-530288526f375d50323e165b/stats
LOCATION: Ballpark at Rosemont
SCORE: Pride, 3 Bandits, 0
RECORDS: Bandits (22-15), Pride (26-11)
NEXT GAME: Saturday, August 2 vs. USSSA Pride @ 7:35 p.m.
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.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.