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Diamonds Lose Tough Pitching Duel, 5-0

June 10, 2012 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Carolina Diamonds News Release

Akron, OH - The scoreboard may not reflect it, but the Carolina Diamonds and Akron Racers had a pitching duel going most of the game. Unfortunately luck did not fall in favor for the Diamonds bats as they lost 5-0.

"When you look at it, really it was a fairly even match-up but their hits fell and ours didn't," Diamonds head coach Teresa Wilson said.

What could have been hard hit singles or doubles for the Diamonds (1-2) ended up being a handful of missed chances hit hard directly at Racers (2-1) players in the right place at the right time to field the out.

"We hit shots at the second baseman, at the shortstop and we hit to the outfielder. Actually, the shortstop (Alicia Herron) had two line drives hit right at her. Like I said, we hit the ball hard several times but it went right to somebody," Wilson added. "There was no luck tonight, for sure."

Katie Burkhart started the game in the pitcher's circle after winning her opening day outing. Burkhart had a solid four and one third innings, giving up two hits and striking out four while also walking four and allowing three runs. Angel Bunner came in to finish the fifth and closed out the game, striking out one, allowing four hits and two runs.

Racers pitcher Holly Bach threw a complete game, allowing two hits and struck out two.

The Carolina offense was again lead by GiOnna DiSalvatore and Biannca Mejia, who each had one hit off Bach.

"We have yet to be beat. We have pretty much given things away. Last night (Friday) we had 13 walks or hit batters. Tonight we still had some walks and hit batters. We had three errors," Wilson said. "So like I said, we are not being beat as much as we are making mistakes. We are making some mental mistakes, we don't have great pre-pitch selection yet. A lot of that is, I think, a product of having 12 days of spring training."

The team will continue to work together to iron out the wrinkles both in game situations and in practice, concluding their road trip to Ohio Sunday afternoon at 2:05.

USSSA Pride (2-1) pitcher Monica Abbott threw a no-hitter Saturday evening to help defeat the Chicago Bandits (1-2) in Chicago in a 1-0 game. Abbot is expected to pitch in the Diamonds first home stand later in the week in Kannapolis.

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