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Baseball - 28. June 2016.

Bandits Series Preview No. 8 @ USSSA Pride (LIVE ON CBS SPORTS)

The Bandits wrap up their current seven-game road trip with two
games against the league-leading USSSA Pride at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, with first pitch in the opener set for 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday.



The Bandits (9-10) are currently in fourth in NPF, five games behind the
Pride (13-3). The Bandits are trying to rebound from a tough start to the
current road trip, which saw them go 1-4 in their first games in Texas this
season.

This will be the first meeting between the Bandits and Pride during the 2016
season. However, the two teams will meet four times in the Bandits' next six
contests.

During the current road trip, Taylor Edwards and Danielle Zymkowitz
continued to lead an offense that has stalled out - scoring 11 runs in five
games, including shutouts in each of the last three. Edwards is batting
6-for-16 in the five game stretch, with two doubles and two walks.
Zymkowitz's 11-game hit streak came to an end during Friday's loss, but it
was only the second time this season she has not reached base safely in a
game. She has hits in 13 of her 18 games played.

The Pride are riding a six-game win streak in which they have outscored
opponents 34-17. They not only have the best team batting average in the
league, .307, but also the best team ERA, 2.21. The Bandits are fifth in
both categories.

Pride outfielder Kelly Kretschman is hitting .500 in 16 games this season,
which leads the league. Emily Allard follows with a .412 average in 10
games, but has not played since suffering an injury on June 14. 

Pitching may be the key to the series as the Pride have the first and third
pitchers in terms of league-best ERA: Jolene Henderson (4-0, 0.00 ERA) and
Hannah Rogers (3-1, 1.35 ERA). Michelle Gascoigne (2-2) sports the Bandits'
best ERA at 3.47 this season.

Both games in the upcoming series will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network
and on the air at 1590 WCGO.

Game Schedule, Media Information and Probable Pitching Matchups

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7 p.m. CST
CHI: Michelle Gascoigne (2-2) vs. FLA: Jolene Henderson (4-0)
Listen: 1590 WCGO
Watch: CBS Sports Network

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7 p.m. CST
CHI: Sara Moulton (1-1) vs. FLA: Hannah Rogers (3-1)
Listen: 1590 WCGO
Watch: CBS Sports Network

Players to watch
Jill Barrett leads the league in hits with 25, one ahead of the Pride's
Kelly Kretschman. Barrett has hits in 13 games this season, including 10
multi-hit games. She is batting .362 this season, which is 10th in the
league.

Taylor Edwards continues swinging a hot bat and has a .375 batting average.
She saw a nine-game hit streak come to an end during the road trip, but is
back on a two-game streak and looking to stay hot.

Danielle Zymkowitz has also been a steady spark in the Bandits' lineup as
she has collected hits in 13 of her 18 games played, and has failed to reach
base safely in only two games this season.

Pride infielder Sierra Romero, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016
NPF Draft, was once again a finalist for the Honda Award as the NCAA's
Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year as awarded by the Collegiate Women
Sports Awards. She was the softball nominee last season, as well, for her
work during her junior year at Michigan. Pride teammate Keilani Ricketts won
the award in 2012-13 as a teammate of Bandits' pitcher Michelle Gascoigne at
Oklahoma.

Tickets
Single and group tickets for the 2016 Bandits season are available now by
calling the office at 877-722-6348 or by visiting
<http://www.chicagobandits.com/> www.chicagobandits.com. Tickets start at
just $7.25 each.

Tickets are also now available for the brand new MB Financial Club at The
Ballpark. The MB Financial Club is the only section in the stadium, other
than the party deck, where groups can preorder food for their group. The
section is located next to the press box and is available for groups of
12-20 people.

For more information on the Bandits, please contact the team at 877-722-6348
or visit them on the web at  <http://www.chicagobandits.com/>
www.chicagobandits.com.

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