Osterman, Pride blank Rebellion
HANOVER, Md. – Two-time Olympian Cat Osterman pitched a four-hit shutout and the USSSA Pride edged the Rebellion 1-0 Tuesday night at Joe Cannon Stadium.
The loss snapped the Rebellion’s two-game winning streak.
The teams split their four-game series at neutral sites in Maryland and will have today off before playing Thursday in the Rebellion’s home opener at Consol Energy Park (7 p.m.).
The only run of the game was scored in the bottom of the second inning, when singles by Kristyn Sandberg, Andrea Duran and Megan Willis against Rebellion starter Anna Miller gave the Pride the 1-0 advantage. Willis had two of the Pride’s four hits.
The Pride loaded the bases with one out in the fourth against Miller, who was then replaced by Dallas Escobedo, the No. 1 pick in this year’s National Pro Fastpitch draft. Escobedo pitched out of the jam, but the Rebellion were unable to generate enough offense to score the tying run against Osterman.
Second baseman Lauren Lappin, a former teammate of Osterman’s on the U.S. Olympic team, had two of the Rebellion’s four hits, including a leadoff single in the seventh.
Osterman, however, got a strikeout and an out on a ground ball before Pride center fielder Caitlin Lowe ended the game by making a diving catch on a fly ball hit into the left centerfield gap by Angeline Quiocho.
Osterman walked one batter and struck out nine. The Pride won both games in the series that were started by Osterman.
Miller gave up four hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Escobedo pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief.