Kissimmee, FL—June 16, 2016—The USSSA Pride are heading to Starkville for their 2016 home opener against the PA Rebellion. The series kicks-off Friday night with game one at Nusz Park, home of Mississippi State softball. Game two will be hosted at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Alabama Saturday evening.
Coming off two series wins, the Pride have improved to an overall record of 5-1 and will be facing the PA Rebellion for the first time this season.
First pitch for both games is set for 8:00PM (ET) and can be followed live on NPFTV.
Pride players to watch:
- Sierra Romero: In her second start of her professional career, the rookie collected her first hit as a pro, a 2 RBI triple in a 4-1 win over the Dallas Charge. That triple shows some of the power that was expected of Romero when the Pride drafted her this spring. Look for her to build on it in this series.
- Jessica Garcia: The second Pride player to hit a home run this season, Garcia displayed the power that surges up and down the Pride lineup. Hitting .250 and slugging .625, look for Garcia to be a driving force in the batting lineup this series.
- Keilani Ricketts: In her last start, Ricketts threw six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. While she did give up three runs, she had an eight-run offense behind her to give her some room for error. Expect Ricketts’ next start to come in this series.
- Kelly Kretschman: The everyday starter is leading her team in seven offensive categories: batting average (.545), SLG (.727), OBP (.571), runs scored (4), hits (6), RBI (5), doubles (2) and sac flies (2). Kretschman has started the season off hot and shows no signs of slowing down.
About the Rebellion
The Rebellion have gotten off to a rocky start to begin the season. They are 5-8 coming into their series against the Pride and are looking to take a couple of wins back to Pennsylvania. With eight players hitting above .300, it seems that timely hits are the solution to the Rebellion’s problem. They’ll look to pose a threat to the Pride defense this weekend.
Friday, June 17th, 8:00 (ET)
Saturday, June 18th, 8:00 (ET)
Subscribers can view both games of the series on NPFTV via profastpitch.com. Fans can also watch the match-up on MLB.com, TUFF TV, Comcast Sports Network Plus+, Cox Sports TV and American Sports Network.
Live stats links for this weekend’s games can be found on the NPF schedule page.
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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.
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