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Riptide Fail to Sweep Lose 3-1 to Force

June 30, 2007 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Lowell, MA- The New England Riptide came in looking to sweep the series with the Philadelphia Force at Martin Softball Field tonight. Although they made it interesting at the end, they dropped the game 3-1.

Starting pitchers were Jocelyn Forest (1-4) for the Riptide, making her first start of the series against Margo Pruis (2-0) for the Force who did some relief work in Thursday's game. Forest was not at her sharpest and Chelsea Spenser did damage in the third and fifth innings to give the Force the win. With Emily Friedman on first, having just hit into a fielder's choice after Stacey Pestrak was hit by a pitch, Spenser tripled past Jackie Pasquerella and scored on a Jessica Merchant throwing error attempting to get Friedman at home. Forest struck out four in the complete game performance. Pruis also struck out four picking up her second win.

The teams traded homeruns in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth, KJ Kelley for the Riptide, her first of the year and Spenser for the Force. In the bottom of the seventh with Gina Carbonatto on first following a single, pinch hitter Tarrah Beyster hit a line drive into the left field corner, but it was tracked down and caught by Pestrak to end the game.

The Riptide close out the series with a record of 12-8 and travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday to play the second half of the home and away series with the Force. The Riptide return to Martin Softball Field on Wednesday, July 11 to start a four game series with the Michigan Ice, followed by a series with the Chinese National Team.

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