Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with pitcher Michelle Gascoigne on a one-year deal. The 2015 season will be Gascogine's third in a Bandits uniform.
Gascoigne picked up her second All-NPF award in 2014 after going 6-4 on the season with one save. She had an ERA of 1.07 which was good enough for second in the league behind the Pride's Cat Osterman. She allowed just 12 earned runs on the season in 77 1/3 innings of work.
"The re-signing of Michelle to the roster was very important for the Bandits organization as a whole," said Moore. "Michelle is the ultimate competitor and is someone that wants the ball every single day. But she also epitomizes the type of player we want representing the Bandits.
"In addition to being one of the top-5 pitchers in the NPF, she is also great with the youth and in different community events. We're extremely grateful for the complete body of work and look forward to another All-NPF type of season from her in 2015."
The best stretch of the 2014 season for Gascoigne came between June 16 and August 2 when she threw 44 innings and allowed only two earned runs. She also picked up four of her six wins during this time. During the final 26 innings of the stretch she didn't allow an earned run.
As a rookie in 2013, the No. 7 overall draft pick for the Bandits was named All-NPF after going 6-1 on the season. She had an ERA of 1.92 after allowing 18 earned runs in 65 2/3 innings pitched.
Gascoigne was a four-time letter winner for the Oklahoma Sooners and a three-time Academic All-American. While at Oklahoma, she compiled a win-loss record of 51-7 and a career earned run average of 1.61. Her best season at OU came during her senior season in 2013 when she recorded a 0.88 ERA and delivered the decisive win against Tennessee in the Women's College World Series.
Gascoigne has been one of the team leaders in the circle since arriving in Chicago and will be leaned on heavily in the team's pursuit of the 2015 NPF Championship.
"I can't wait to get back with my teammates and get working on a 2015 NPF Championship," said Gascoigne. "The Bandits truly are my summer family and I am beyond excited to be back for the 2015 season."
Gascoigne, 24, is currently in her second season as the graduate assistant for the Oklahoma University softball team. The Sooners return to the field on February 5 in Hawaii when they take on Tammy Willams' DePaul Blue Demons.
Season ticket and Bandits of Tomorrow packages for the 2015 season are available now by calling the office at (877) 7BANDIT or visiting www.chicagobandits.com.
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