Kissimmee, FL—July 5, 2016—Following a five-day break, the USSSA Pride return to action tonight Tuesday, July 5. They will once again take on the Chicago Bandits after defeating them twice at Michigan before the break. They will face the Bandits in a two-game series in Rosemont, IL before they head to San Diego where they will face the Dallas Charge in Torero territory.
This series comes following three wins at Michigan: one against the Akron Racers and two against the Bandits. With those three wins last week, the Pride picked up their fifteenth win, their eighth consecutive, and improved to 15-3 overall.
This time around, Chicago will seek to take advantage of their home field. While the last two games against the Pride have been technically on neutral ground, they were played with the Pride acting as the home team. With a home record of .500, the Bandits hope that the home field advantage will make a difference in their results facing the league-leading Pride.
Tuesday, July 5 8:00 PM (ET) TICKETS
Wednesday, July 6 8:00 PM (ET) TICKETS
Pride players to watch
- Kirsti Merritt: Playing in all 18 games for the Pride this season, Merritt is proving to be a productive part of the batting order. A magnet for off-target pitches, she leads the team in HBP (4) and is second in on-base percentage (.490) and walks (8). As a result of her talent for getting on base, Merritt is tied for fourth on the team in runs scored (9) proving that patience is key to success.
- Jolene Henderson: With a team-leading 0.53 ERA and a perfect 5-0 record, Henderson is looking like an ace on a staff that contains four pitchers with ERAs under 3.00. In 26.1 innings pitched, Henderson struck out 21 batters while walking just four.
- Sierra Romero: It appears that Romero has found her comfort zone for her career in the pros. After a rocky start following her record-breaking performance in college, she has smacked three home runs and has climbed the Pride ranks to be one of the top hitters on the team. Romero places second on her team in at least five offensive categories, including: batting average (.385 ), SLG (.744), RBI (12), doubles (3) and home runs (3).
Ticket prices range between $5.50 and $14.50. Purchase tickets to Tuesday’s game online here and purchase tickets to Wednesday’s game online here. Tickets may be purchased at the gate but will be subject to a $2 fee. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone with a Chicago Bandits representative. Call 877-722-6348 to purchase over the phone. Tickets purchased via phone call on game day are also subject to a $2 fee. For more information, visit the ticket page on the Chicago Bandits website.
Live stats for this week’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.
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.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF): National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball