USSSA Florida Pride Kick Off the 2010 Season with an Exhibition Game at the UCF Softball Complex

Game Suspended at the End of the Fourth Due to Rain

The USSSA Florida Pride kicked off its 2010 season with an exhibition game today vs. the Venezuela National Team. As the clouds parted over the UCF softball complex, and the fans found their way inside, the rain that had been coming down over the Central Florida area cleared to allow the game to begin, despite the slight rain delay that pushed the game start time to 7:20 pm.
Sarah Pauly served as starting pitcher for the Pride, allowing no hits in the first inning. Caitlin Lowe led off for the Pride in the bottom of the first and walked to first after being hit by a pitch from Venezuela starting pitcher Mariaugee Bogado. Lauren Lappin stepped up to the plate next, also making it on base on a walk. Jessica Mendoza’s pop fly to center field became an out for the left fielder but allowed for an RBI as Lowe earned the first run of the night. Two more outs from Kelly Kretschman and Tonya Callahan pushed the game into the second inning.
Three quick outs in the top of the second put the Pride at bat again, with UCF’s own assistant softball coach Nicole Trimboli leading the line-up. A hit to the pitcher found Trimboli thrown out at first and brought Charlotte Morgan to the plate.

The first base player stepped up for her first at-bat in the professional league after a devastating loss by Alabama to Hawaii in the NCAA softball super-regionals. After racking up a full count, the Pride rookie struck out swinging and was followed by catcher Megan Willis who did the same.The third inning saw the first hit of the night from the Pride’s short-stop Lauren Lappin, following two thrown outs on Williams and Lowe. Mendoza followed with a hit to third and was thrown out at first, marking the third out of the inning.

With Pauly pitching a fourth inning of no hits, the Pride found themselves up to bat again. As the rain began to fall again, Kretschman stepped up to bat, making it to first on a walk. Following her was Toya Callahan, who found herself safe on a fielder’s choice while Kretschman was thrown out at second. Trimboli and Morgan both struck out swinging in the bottom of the fourth. Due to the inclement weather, the game was suspended at the bottom of the fourth by officials with the Pride leading with a score of 0-1. The continuation of the game is as of yet to be determined.

The Pride’s next exhibition game against the Venezuela National Team will be played Thursday, June 3 with the contest slated to begin at 7:05 pm. In order to give Central Florida softball fans a unique opportunity to witness the Pride as they prepare for their 2010 NPF regular season, the Pride has extended a special offer for this exhibition series only. For the remainder of the games vs. Venezuela, the first 200 guests to the UCF Softball Complex will be offered free admission with the presentation of a discount flier which can be found both on www.dev.usssapride.com as well as the Pride’s facebook page.

The Pride’s 2010 NPF season will kick off June 9 in Lubbock, Texas when the team faces the Chicago Bandits at Rocky Johnson Field, home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The opening game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. local time. For more information on the Pride, visit www.dev.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.

About NPF:

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.

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!