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Riptide claim second straight win

June 5, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

June 5, 2008 - Allentown, Pa -- The New England Riptide and Philadelphia Force met for the second time last night. It was Eileen Canney for the Riptide looking for her second win of the year and Stacy Birk for the Force attempting to get her first. The Riptide bats were alive, providing a lot more offense than Canney needed as the Riptide won their second in a row, going away, 8-2.

The Riptide got on the board first in the second to take a 2-0 lead on a double by KJ Kelley after Birk walked Lisa Iancin and Lisa Modglin. For Kelley it was her second and third RBIs of the series. Walks hurt Birk again in the fourth as she walked Lyndsey Angus to start the inning. Iancin hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Angus at 2nd for the first out. Modglin got on for the second time tonight, this time with a single to send Iancin to second. After Kelley popped out, Birk issued her second walk of the inning, her fourth of the game, to load the bases for Carrie Embree. Embree came through with flying colors with a double to center, her first hit as a pro and her first three RBIs giving the Riptide a 5-0 lead after four. The Force did threaten in their half of the fourth as they go their first two hits of the night, a single by Claire Burnum and double by Savannah Long, but Canney got Jenna Hall on a strikeout and Trena Peel on a fly ball to right.

The Riptide bats kept pouring it on in the fifth. Jessica Merchant led off the inning with a home run over the left field fence. Then after two outs, Iancin did the same to make the score 7-0. It was the second home run of the year for both players. The Riptide added one more to make it 8-0 on three consecutive singles by Modglin, Kelley and Pasquerella. After Modglin's single Birk was lifted in favor of Amy Harre, the starting pitcher for the Force last night. The Force kept fighting back and put up two in the sixth on singles by Chelsea Spencer, Jenna Hall and Trena Peel.

The Riptide and Force continue the series on Friday and Saturday. The Riptide then return to Lowell for their home opener at Martin Softball Field to take on the Venezuelan Olympic team beginning on June 12.

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