Chicago Bandits Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – August 1, 2014 - Cat Osterman’s stellar pitching shut down the Bandits as the USSSA Pride won game two 3-0 to even the series at one game a piece.
Bandits’ rookie Sara Moulton faced off against Osterman in the circle.
For the second time this series it was the Pride who got on the scoreboard first with Madison Shipman’s RBI single in the first inning to open the scoring. Megan Willis’ solo home run in the second extended the Pride lead to two runs.
Back to back singles by Andrea Duran and Amanda Kamekona in the fourth brought GiOnna DiSalvatore to the plate. Her sac fly to center plated Duran for the third and final Pride run of the night.
A pitching change for the Bandits brought Estela Pinon on in relief of Sara Moulton to finish out the game. Pinon shut down the Pride offense allowing just two hits with three strikeouts.
Tonight’s loss was the first of Moulton’s professional career. In her three innings of work she gave up three runs on six hits.
Osterman, who earned her 13th win of the season, gave up four hits while recording 11 strikeouts. Kristen Butler, Amber Patton and Megan Wiggins were the only Bandits hitters to record hits against Osterman.
Game three of the series is tonight, Saturday, August 2nd at the Ballpark at Rosemont with first pitch coming at 7:35 PM CT.
* Last night was the largest crowd of the season with 1,552 fans in attendance.
* Former Bandits pitcher, Jennie Finch, was in attendance to sign autographs before the game as well as throw out the first pitch with fellow US Olympians, Leah O’Brien-Amico and Crystl Bustos.
Site: Ballpark at Rosemont
Score: Pride 3, Bandits 0
Records: Pride (26-11), Bandits (22-15)
Next Bandits Game: Saturday, August 2 at 7:35 PM CT vs. USSSA Pride at the Ballpark at Rosemont
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 Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson 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 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
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.