Pride Win Home Opener 5-1; Osterman K’s 13 In Win

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Boxscore Pride: 5 Comets: 1 Kissimmee, FL- The USSSA Pride started off their 2013 season in winning fashion with a 5-1 victory over the NY/NJ Comets on Sunday night in their home opener. Cat Osterman got off to a hot start in what will be her final season, striking out 13 batters and holding the Comets to one run and two hits in her first victory of the season. Taryne Mowatt didn’t fare as well in the contest, surrendering five runs in five and a third innings. Mowatt started off the game with back to back walks to Caitlin Lowe and Kelly Kretschman. Both would go on to score later … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Take Double Header on ESPN

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Clermont, Fla. -- The USSSA Pride dominated a cloudy afternoon doubleheader Saturday at the National Training Center  Softball Complex in Clermont, Fl, winning both games and completing a sweep of the series against the Carolina Diamonds. The teams and fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation that opened the door for women to play sports at publically funded schools, with an appearance from softball legend Dot Richardson. This delightful double header of National Pro Fastpitch softball fun was broadcast live on ESPN thanks to the USSSA's New Media team. The action … [Read more...]

NPF Draftee Update 5/7 – Michelle Moultrie

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Via gatorzone.com: Michelle Moultrie & Aja Paculba Among 39 Gator Student-Athletes Graduating This Weekend (5/3) “Gator great softball players Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) and Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) are two of 39 Florida student-athletes participating in commencement ceremonies on the UF campus this weekend, both earning their undergraduate degrees from Florida after stellar careers for the Gator softball program. “Moultrie, who will graduate with an undergrad degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Sport Management in four years, is one of … [Read more...]

Bruder Named Ben Hill Griffin Award Winner

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Outfielder Kelsey Bruder, for the USSSA Pride, was announced to be the recipient of the Ben Hill Griffin award, presented by her alma mater, the University of Florida. Established by the Gator Boosters, Inc., and the University of Florida Athletic Association, the award honors the top male and female student-athletes at the University of Florida and is named after Ben Hill Griffin and his family, who have been long time avid supporters and fans of Gator athletics. The Ben Hill Griffin award is based primarily on the athletic achievement; academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement … [Read more...]

Bruder Takes Final Bow for Gators in a Big Way

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – To say Kelsey Bruder is a go-getter is sort of like saying Tim Tebow is popular in Denver. Let’s take her schedule the past few months. Bruder capped her senior season by helping the Gators advance to the Women’s College World Series. A few days later she was making her professional softball debut. Once the summer was over, Bruder began working a 40-hour-a-week internship to complete her Health, Education and Behavior degree. She graduated in December, spent a couple of weeks at home in California with her family, and flew to Indianapolis on Thursday. She is at the … [Read more...]