Alisa Goler Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – June 17, 2014 - Alisa Goler’s two run RBI double in the bottom of the first proved to be the game winner as the Bandits shut out the USSSA Pride for the second time in four games, splitting the series with the Pride.
Monica Abbott started in the circle for the second time in the series while Chelsea Thomas got the call for the Pride.
A Pride throwing error allowed Kristen Butler to cross home plate in the bottom of the first extending the Bandits lead to three.
Neither team would muster any offense until the fifth inning when Jordan Taylor came on in relief of Thomas to start the bottom of the inning. In four innings for the Pride, Thomas allowed four runs on as many hits and retired one batter taking the loss.
The Bandits extended their lead in the fifth off a Brittany Cervantes RBI single that plated Danielle Zymkowitz. Cervantes continues to add to her career high in RBIs as she now has 22 on the season in just 12 games. Her previous high was 17 during the 2013 season.
Taylor finished out the game for the Pride giving up the one run on two hits while recording two strikeouts. In seven innings for the Bandits, Abbott gave up just four hits while striking out seven and keeps her perfect ERA of 0.00.
Tuesday’s nights win evened the series at two games apiece. Even though the two teams split, the Pride still holds the advantage for first place in the standings with an 8-4 record. The Bandits are now 7-5 on the season which ties them for second place in the NPF with the Akron Racers.
* #TEAMAG35 – With Goler’s first inning double, she will donate $5 to her campaign with the Ovarian National Cancer Alliance. To learn more or to donate visit AlisaGoler.com or the Ovarian National Cancer Alliance website.
* Monica Abbott was charged with three illegal pitches in the game.
* Danielle Zymkowitz went 3-3 at the plate.
* Andrea Duran committed two of the three errors in the game for the Pride.
* In her two games, Abbott has given up just eight hits while striking out a total of 14.
* The Bandits hit the road Wednesday and Thursday as they take on the Pennsylvania Rebellion for the first time this season, followed by a road series against the Pride. They will not return to play in the Ballpark at Rosemont until July 3.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of National Pro Fastpitch. Located in the Chicagoland area, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level. The roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team.
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!
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.