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Osterman shuts down Racers for 7-1 victory
Written by USSSA Florida Pride
Corpus Christi, FL- Cat Osterman (1-1) pitched a gem on Friday night against the Racers in front of a crowd of 2900 in Corpus Christi. The Racers offense struggled early to get going against Osterman, while the Pride offense exploded for 7 runs on 9 hits.
The Pride got out to a quick lead in the 1st. Charters would score on an RBI single by Charlotte Morgan. Krystyn Sandberg singled pushing Morgan to third and both would come in to score on a 2 RBI double by Kelsey Bruder, making it 3-0.
The Pride struck again in the bottom of the 3rd, when Charlotte Morgan launched a 2 run homerun to left field, scoring Francesca Enea who singled previously. Sandberg would get on once again with a single and be brought immediately in to score on a one out 2 run homerun by Andrea Duran, making it 7-0 Pride through 3 innings.
The Akron Racers would go on to score only one against Cat Osterman and the Pride. Osterman would give up a solo homerun to Sam Marder in the top of the 4th, making it 7-1.
Osterman (1-1) dominated the Racers in the circle for her first win of the 2012 season, striking out 10 and walking one in a 1 hit complete game performance. Lisa Norris (1-1) would get knocked around, giving up 7 runs in 3 innings.
Diamonds take home opener against Bandits 5-1
KANNAPOLIS, NC – June 14, 2012 – The Carolina Diamonds offense and defense dominated the field Thursday night at Kannapolis’ CMC-NorthEast Stadium in the team’s home opener against the Chicago Bandits, winning 5-1.
“This game is a perfect example of what happens with execution,” head coach Teresa Wilson said.
Katie Burkhart threw a complete game for the Diamonds (2-3) and struck out six while GiOnna DiSalvatore and Angeline Quiocho both had home runs for a strong hitting offense that worked the count all night against the Bandits (3-2).
“It was a good complete game tonight. You had hitting, you had defense, you had great pitching,” Wilson said.
Burkhart’s pitching was on target and continued to display command of a variety of pitches all evening. “It felt good. I felt like I was getting in sync. I have got a long ways to go, a full season ahead of me, but I feel good,” she said. Burkhart was a little skeptical of pitching a complete game after two starts where she went two or three innings apiece, but she had confidence she could do it. “I know it’s in me. Usually I feel good the longer I go in a game. And then today it was finding that trust and getting all the dynamics back in my pitching,” she said.
Burkhart only gave up three hits, two by Bandits Alisa Goler who lead off the fifth inning with a home run.
Diamonds catcher Rachel Folden went 3-3 and drove in a run on top of calling a great game too. “It was fun to see some familiar faces in the other dugout and play against them, but we are definitely focused on what we want to do and we just really came out and tried to make a statement with that game,” Folden said.
The Diamonds will continue their home stand in Kannapolis against the Bandits through Sunday afternoon. For tickets to an upcoming game, visit www.yourcarolinadiamonds.com or click here for the full Profastpitch schedule
Softball Media Guide Garners Best-In-Nation Status
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s softball media guide has been voted the nation’s top publication, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Friday in the organization’s yearly contest.
The 108-page media guide has been rated among the top seven collegiate softball publications in the nation during eight of the last 11 seasons. The No. 1 finish is the program’s first after a pair of second-place finishes in 2005 and 2011. It was written and edited by the Associate Sports Information Director Matt Dunaway with editorial assistance from LSU’s student assistants.
Covers were designed by Graphic Design Coordinator Courtney Wilburn, while photography was provided under the direction of Steve Franz, Chris Parent and Hilary Scheinuk. The guide serves as a complete source of LSU softball information, including player and coach bios, statistics, notes, records and a summary of the program’s storied history.
Softball Media Guides – University Division
1. LSU/ Matt Dunaway, Courtney Wilburn and Chris Parent
2. Georgia State University/ Robert Carnes
3. University of Arkansas/ Matt Smith, Annie Wood, Scott Bruhn
Best Cover: Georgia State University / Robert Carnes