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Bandits Win Game Three of the Series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2010) _ Too many mistakes and two runs made the difference for the Tennessee Diamonds in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Bandits in National Pro Fastpitch action.

The start of the game Friday night at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University was delayed for one hour and 51 minutes due to lightning and rain in the area. The weather hampered the crowd with 128 fans in attendance.

In the first inning the Bandits capitalized on three errors on the first three batters. Stacy May led off with a fly to center that was dropped. Vicky Galindo reached base on an error by shortstop Chelsea Spencer. May scored when Rachel Folden doubled to deep left field. Galindo also scored on the play when Diamonds’ left fielder Carly Wynn threw the ball away.

The Diamonds threatened in the sixth. Angeline Quiocho led off with a single through the left side. Megan Rhodes was safe on an infield hit to third base. Quiocho advanced to third and Rhodes moved to second on a wild pitch with one out, but the Diamonds could not get them home.

Monica Abbott, 5-3, threw a complete game for the Diamonds. She gave up five hits and struck out nine. She walked one.

Kristina Thorson, 6-2, gave up one hit in five innings. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Nikki Nemitz opened the sixth inning for the Bandits in relief. In two innings she gave up two hits and struck out three. She earned her third save of the season.

The Bandits have a 2-1 lead in the series which continues Saturday at 7. The finale is Sunday at 2.

DIAMOND GEMS: This was the second game in a row that the Diamonds have failed to score.  …There were no earned runs scored in the game. …The double by Folden was the only extra base hit in the game. …Jenna Rhodes led the Diamonds with two hits.