USSSA Pride Settle for DH Split in Final Day of Softball Action at Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - The USSSA Pride and Akron Racers split a doubleheader on the final day of the NPF Coastal Classic at Whataburger Field Saturday afternoon before 1,650.

The Pride stands 6-2 in 2013, Akron 2-6.

Game One

GiOnna DiSalvatore's two-run single with two away in the bottom of the sixth was the difference in the Pride's 7-5 triumph over Akron.

DiSalvatore finished the opener with four RBIs. Her heroics made a loser of Rachele Fico (0-1), on in relief of Brittany Mack.  

As was the case Thursday and Friday night, USSSA posted first-inning runs. Mack issued consecutive one-out walks to Caitlin Lowe and Natasha Watley and paid the price. DiSalvatore's double down the right-field line made it 2-0 Pride.

The Pride added on during the second for a 5-0 advantage, Lowe's two-run double plating Andrea Duran (walk) and Kelly Kretschman (infield single). Watley's single off the glove of first baseman Charlotte Morgan chased Lowe home.

The Pride's Jordan Taylor carried a no-hitter into the sixth but the former Michigan Wolverine allowed five runs on five straight one-out hits, including a game-tying three-run bomb to left by Kaylyn Castillo. Taylor walked two and struck out eight.

Mack, who lasted five innings, permitted seven hits, walked four and recorded three strikeouts.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Sarah Pauly worked the final 1 2/3 for her second victory of the series.

Game Two

Lisa Norris (2-1) dealt the Pride its second loss of the season with a one-hit shutout. The lone Pride safety: Watley's two-out double in the first.

Norris and Pauly (2-1) threw blanks at each other through the first four innings, the two clubs combining for just three hits. Kelley Montalvo's one-out, inside-the-park home run enabled the Racers to avert a series sweep.

Norris walked a pair and struck out six. Pauly scattered five hits and fanned five.



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