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Bandits Earn Win Over Diamonds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2010) _ The Chicago Bandits used three home runs and a two-hit  performance from Jennie Finch in a 7-0 shutout of the Tennessee Diamonds.

A crowd of 352 fans watched the National Pro Fastpitch game Thursday night at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.

The Bandits wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Vicky Galindo, the second batter in the game, slammed a solo home run over the right field fence.  Jennie Finch helped herself out with a single to right center that scored Rachel Folden who slid in with run No. 2.

Folden led off the third inning with a blast over the center field fence to give the Bandits a 3-0 lead.

Amberly Waits, pinch-running for Finch, scored when Angela Findlay grounded to Diamonds’ shortstop Chelsea Spencer.

Samantha Findlay hit a towering three-run homer to left field. Also scoring were Galindo and Folden.

Finch, 2-1, pitched for the Bandits despite spending the early part of the week in Los Angeles for the Major League All-Star Game festivities and the ESPYs. Finch struck out 10 batters and walked one.

Megan Gibson started on the mound for the Diamonds and took the loss, dropping to 1-7. Kristin Erb relieved.

The series, tied at 1-1, continues Friday night and Saturday night at 7 with the finale Sunday afternoon at 2.

DIAMOND GEMS: Galindo’s home run was her first of the season. …Samantha Findlay’s three RBI give her 17 for the season. …Finch struck out six of the last nine batters she faced.  …Folden led all batters with three hits. …Galindo, Finch and Emily Friedman each had two hits as the Bandits finished with 13. …Gibson and Chelsie Mesa each had one hit for the Diamonds.