NPF ALL STAR TOUR
Finch, Team NPF blasts Wildcats at Arizona
| TUCSON – Jennie Finch, Taryne Mowatt, Mackenzie Vandergeest, Chelsie Mesa and Caitlin Lowe returned to Hillenbrand Stadium with an incredible greeting from the 2,623 fans in a 9-0 win for the All-Stars in perfect fashion.
Cat Osterman threw five perfect innings before being relieved by Jamee Juarez in the sixth, who tossed two perfect innings of her own. Osterman struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced Juarez struck out three of the six she faced.
Arizona pitched freshman Shelby Babcock who performed admirably against the best-of-the-best. Babcock limited the All-Stars to nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits with six strike-outs.
NPF was led by Megan Willis out of Texas who went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored. The All-Stars also got a home run from Francesca Enea out of Florida in the fifth.
Finch went 0-for-4 and three of the outs ended innings for the All-Stars. Vandergeest fared a little better in her return, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI. Mesa was 0-for-3 and a walk. Mowatt was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Lowe didn’t play as she recovers from ACL surgery.
The NPF All-Stars drew first blood with a two-out rally in the second. Willis got NPF’s first hit of the night with a single up the middle. Vandergeest doubled her to third before the two advanced on a Babcock wild pitch.
|In her next at-bat in the fourth, Willis homered to deep center, a two-run shot to put the all-stars up 3-0. Later that inning, two walks and a Caitlin Lever single loaded the bases for former UCLA star Andrea Duran. Babcock walked Duran, bringing in Taryne Mowatt from third. Jennie Finch stepped in with the bases juiced, but grounded out to second to end the inning with the score 4-0, NPF.In the fifth, Chelsie Mesa crushed one to left-center that would have been a gapping extra-base hit had it not been for a web-gem-esk grab, crashing into the wall in the process. The good times were short-lived, however, as the next two batters, Enea Willis, had back-to-back home runs. It was Willis’ second homer of the game and third time she crossed the plate for the All-Stars. NPF continued the threat when Babcock hit Vandergeest and gave up an infield single to Mowatt. With runners on the corners and only one out, Vicky Galindo hit a sharp liner to right field. Becca Tikey made a diving catch and doubled up Mowatt at first to end the inning.
The NPF All-Stars got on the board again in the seventh when a Vandergeest bloop-double fell safely into shallow center. The hit scored Jessica Williams from third. A Galindo walk loaded the bases for Caitlin Lever who put one between first and second bases to score a run. A bases loaded passed ball to Lever moved everyone up a bag, scoring Vandergeest and an Angeline Quiocho pop-up ended the inning.
Osterman strikes out 20, fuels 7-0 NPF victory
|Story courtesy of Nebraska AthleticsLincoln – Olympic Gold Medalist Cat Osterman tossed a no-hitter and struck out 20 to lead the National Pro Fastpitch all-stars to a 7-0 victory over the Nebraska softball team in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Bowlin Stadium.
The exhibition game featured a unique format, as each batter began her at bat with a 1-1 count. Osterman used that to her advantage, striking out 20 without issuing a single walk. Only two Huskers put the ball in play against her and the only runner to reach base was freshman Taylor Edwards, who reached first safely on a wild pitch following a strikeout.
Junior right-hander Ashley Hagemann took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 3.0 innings. Freshman right-hander Tatum Edwards relieved Hagemann and allowed one run on only one hit in 1.0 inning, as she walked three. Junior right-hander Haley Workman finished the game, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 3.0 innings.
|After trailing for the first three innings of game one, the NPF all-stars jumped out to a quick lead in game two. Vicky Galindo began the game with a single before Caitlin Lever snuck a two-run homer just inside the left field foul pole one batter later.The all-stars loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a pair of walks and an infield single against Tatum Edwards, who relieved Hagemann to begin the inning. Galindo then gave the NPF all-stars a 3-0 lead with a sacrifice fly. Another walk re-loaded the bases before Samantha Findlay grounded out to end the inning.
Nebraska was its own worst enemy in the fifth, allowing a pair of runs to score on a wild pitch and an error.
In the bottom of the fifth, junior Nikki Haget grounded out short to end a string of 14 consecutive batters struck out by Osterman.
The all-stars’ lead grew to 7-0 after scoring twice in the top of the seventh, including an RBI single from former Husker Nicole Trimboli.
Saturday’s doubleheader marked the end of Nebraska’s fall season.