Kissimmee, FL- The USSSA Pride started off their 2013 season in winning fashion with a 5-1 victory over the NY/NJ Comets on Sunday night in their home opener. Cat Osterman got off to a hot start in what will be her final season, striking out 13 batters and holding the Comets to one run and two hits in her first victory of the season.
Taryne Mowatt didn’t fare as well in the contest, surrendering five runs in five and a third innings. Mowatt started off the game with back to back walks to Caitlin Lowe and Kelly Kretschman. Both would go on to score later in the inning after Mowatt would walk two more in the inning, putting the Pride up 2-0 at the end of the 1st inning.
Things would not get better for Mowatt as she would go on to walk nine batters, giving up four runs and only striking out two.
The Comets Bianca Mejia had a hot bat for the NY/NJ Comets. Mejia went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run and she homered in the fifth inning. The home run would be the first in NY/NJ Comets history.
Kelsey Bruder was a bright spot for the USSSA Pride, going 1-3, batting in two runs and a walk in the game. Andrea Duran had two RBI in the contest with two walks in what would be an odd scoring night for the Pride.
The Pride look to continue their excellent start tomorrow with a double header on ESPN, live to a national audience. Fans can watch live on the WATCHESPN app and ESPN3.com. The first game of the double header starts at 5:35PM with the second at 8:35PM. Tune in to watch all the action live.
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.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!