KISSIMMEE, FL – July 29, 2013 - Cat Osterman pitched a complete nine-inning contest in a 1-0 Pride win against Chicago on Monday night at Osceola County Stadium.
Cat Osterman and Michelle Gascoigne took the mound in what would be a fantastic display of pitching from both players. Both pitchers held the opponents offense in check throughout the game.
The Pride threatened in the seventh with runners on first and second, after Francesca Enea reached by walk and Lauren Lappin singled. After a dominant pitching performance by Michelle Gascoigne, she would be relieved by Monica Abbott, who forced a double play to end the inning.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth was Caitlin Lowe (2-4) who would single and then steal second base, bringing up the veteran Kelly Kretschman. Kretschman hit a ground ball that deflected off Abbotts glove and Abbott would overthrow first base, bringing in Lowe to score for the walk off win.
Osterman (13-2) would get the win, pitching a full nine innings, striking out 12 while walking two.
Michelle Gascoigne had a superb outing, shutting out the Pride offense in 6.1 innings. She gave up four hits, struck out five, while walking two.
Monica Abbott would suffer the loss for the Bandits which will be only her second of the season. Coming into the game in relief she struck out one, while giving up two hits and an earned run in an inning and two thirds of work.
The two teams face off again Tuesday night in a double header at Osceola County Stadium. Coverage begins at 5:35 p.m. on USSSALive.com
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