Finch, Bandits spoil USSSA Pride home opener
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – With Jennie Finch and Kristie Fox on base in the top of the second, Bandits outfielder Nicole Trimboli stepped up to bat against USSSA Pride pitcher Monica Abbott. Trimboli got the better of Abbott, blasting a 3-run home run over the left field fence to give the Bandits a 4-0 lead.
The USSSA Pride (3-8) would go on to score two runs of their own, but could not close the gap, falling 4-2 to the first place Chicago Bandits (12-3).
The Bandits tapped Abbott for all four of their runs in the top of the second. Bandits’ third baseman Stacy May opened the second with a double. Finch followed May with an RBI single to give the Bandits a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Trimboli added three more runs to the scoreboard with her three RBI blast.
The Pride came back in the bottom of the 2nd to score their only two runs of the night after Amber Jackson reached base after being hit by a Finch pitch. Oli Keohohou then blasted her second home run of the season to bring the score to 4-2.
The Pride’s best opportunity to take the lead came in the third. Rookie Kristin Schnake started the threat with a single and was followed by a pair of walks to load the bases for Keohohou. Bandits’ pitcher Finch was able to get out the jam by getting a ground out to end the inning.
It was another great night for Finch (3-0) as she allowed only two hits, and recorded six strikeouts. Abbott (1-2) recorded her second loss of the season for the USSSA Pride, while giving up four runs on seven hits.