Andrea Duran Photo by Gary Leland Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Mansfield, TX – June 21, 2014 - USSSA Pride took the last of five lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against Akron Racers, securing a 7-5 victory on Sunday at Mansfield, TX.
USSSA Pride pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. USSSA Pride went up for good on an RBI triple by Andrea Duran off Lisa Norris, plating Madison Shipman.
Madison had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. She homered in the second inning and doubled in the sixth inning.
Jordan Taylor had an impressive outing against Akron Racers' lineup. Taylor gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out six during her two innings of work.
USSSA Pride was sparked by Duran and Shipman, who teamed up for three hits and three RBIs.
Norris was the game's losing pitcher. She allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out one.
In the top of the first, Akron Racers grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Taylor Schlopy got things going for Akron Racers with a single. Kelley Montalvo singled, bringing home Jill Barrett.
Akron Racers got one-run rallies in the second inning and the fourth. In the second, Akron Racers scored on a sacrifice fly by Nerissa Myers, scoring Ayumi Karino.
USSSA Pride answered Akron Racers' top inning with two runs of its own in the second. USSSA Pride scored on a two-run home run by Shipman.
USSSA Pride never surrendered the lead after the sixth inning. The runs piled on thanks to a sacrifice fly by Kelly Kretschman and a two-run single by GiOnna DiSalvatore.
The Racers and Pride continue to battle tonight, June 23 in game two of the four game series. First pitch is set for 9:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm CT. All action can be watched on LIVE STATS on GameChanger.
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 the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch
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.