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Dutch Team shutout after returning to Florida

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee / ORLANDO, CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) - The eighth day of the USA Tour was of a traveling, but also playing again. In the afternoon, the Dutch National Softball Team flew back from Knoxville to Orlando, then traveled by bus to Clearwater. It was straight off to the field, as the next game was scheduled to start somewhat over an hour after the team had arrived in Clearwater. Tonight, the Dutch squad faced the team of Ball State University and was shutout 2-0, despite being much productive and reaching base frequently.

On Tuesday, the Dutch Team will play it's next two games. At 11 AM (local, 5 PM Dutch time), they will face the team of Central Michigan University, which is led by wellknown coach Margo Jonker. At 6 PM (local, midnight Dutch), the Dutch Team meets St. John's University.

After the 8:30 AM wake-up call and breakfast, the team today left the hotel in Knoxville around 10:30 to travel to McGhee Tyson Airport for the flight back to Florida. Around the same time, at 10:10 AM to be exactly a plane arriving from Atlanta touched down at Tampa International Airport, carrying Anne Blaauwgeers, who joins the Dutch Team today. After arriving in Tampa and being picked up by Peter Schuler, Anne went to the hotel to sleep, as her travel started very early. Anne, who studies and plays at Central Arizona College, left at midnight Arizona-time (which has a 2-hour time difference with Florida) en route to Atlanta, where she had to wait more than three hours for her connecting flight. Also this morning, Nathalie Timmermans left Knoxville to return to Oklahoma City to resume her study and season at Oklahoma City University.

At 12:34 PM, the Boeing 717-200 of AirTran Airways took off from the Knoxville-airport and one hour and 27 minutes later, it touched down at Orlando International Airport. Then, after picking up the luggage, the team went by bus en route to the Tampa Bay area, which is known to have some heavy traffic at the end of the afternoon. The journey was briefly interrupted for lunch and the team arrived on the field in Clearwater around 6:45 PM, with the game vs. Ball State University scheduled to start at 8 PM.

game vs. Ball State University
Before tonight's game, Ball State had a 9-5 record. In it's opening weekend on February 19-20, the team was 2-2 at the Austin Peay Tournament in Clarksville (Tenessee). Next, a 4-1 record was accomplished at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Woodstock (Georgia), which was followed by three wins and two losses at the Under Armour Invitational in Tampa/Clearwater. At the tournament, the Cardinals lost 8-3 to the University of Michigan, which was defeated by the Dutch Team last Wednesday.

Ball State is led by Head Coach Craig Nicholson, who is in his fifth season with the team and has 853 victories in his career. Last season (when the team was 43-16), Nicholson led Ball State to its second straight Mid-American Conference championship. In 2008, Nicholson was the Associate Head Coach of the professional Chicago Bandits, who then won the title in the National Pro Fastpitch.

In tonight's game, the Dutch Team got nine runners in scoring position, but unfortunately was unable to score, while Ball State got two runners in scoring position and scored twice. Also, ten runners were left behind, including the bases loaded twice. The Dutch Team registered three basehits, while Ball State collected five.

In the top of the first inning, Saskia Kosterink reached on an error with two outs and stole second base, but then a flyout followed. In the second inning, Solange Starrenburg led off with a triple. Next, Nathalie Gosewehr flied out to short stop Alicia Barkley, who was standing in deep infield towards the outfield-area. Solange tried to score on the play, but was eliminated at the plate, then a grounder ended the at bat.

Ball State also reached base in the first inning with two outs. Dutch starter Laura Treurniet then gave up a single to Jennifer Gilbert and walked next hitter Amanda Carpenter, but then a flyout ended the inning. In the second at bat, Kristy Stratton doubled for Ball State with one out and scored on a 2-out single by Alison Mercado.

Solange Starrenburg (1B, 3B)
& Fabienne van Uden (1B)
who registered the Dutch basehits
After being retired in order in the third inning, the Dutch Team got on base again in the fourth off new pitcher Audrey Workman, who relieved starter Kim Mazzapica. With one out, Saskia Kosterink walked and stole second base, then advanced to third base on a 2-out single by Solange Starrenburg, her second hit in the game, but the two stranded as a strikeout followed.

In the fifth and sixth inning, the Dutch got the bases loaded as pitcher Audrey Workman walked six batters. But she also struckout seven batters. In the fifth, Dinet Oosting (who played at third tonight) and Marisèla de Wind (who was the rightfielder) both walked to start the at bat. Then Audrey Workman struckout the next two hitters, but then also walked Fabienne van Uden to load the bases. But the bases were left loaded when next hitter Saskia Kosterink hit the ball well, but unfortunately flied out to centerfield.

In the sixth inning, there were two outs when Nathalie Gosewehr, Dinet Oosting and pinch-hitter Virginie Anneveld all walked. But again, three runners stranded, as pinch-hitter Areke Spel unfortunately became the seventh strikeout-victim of Audrey Workman.

In the seventh, off new pitcher Lauren Williamson (and now trailing 2-0), with one out, Fabienne van Uden reached on a single, which was the first Dutch basehit since the fourth inning single by Solange Starrenburg, who accounted for the lone two Dutch hits before Fabienne's single. Fabienne stole second base and advanced when Saskia Kosterink flied out, but then the game ended when Karin Tuk struckout.

After Ball State had scored it's first run in the second inning, the next 11 batters were retired in a row by the Dutch pitching. In the third inning, Laura Treurniet retired the side and struckout two batters. In the fourth, Lindsey Meadows took over the pitching and retired all six batters she faced. In the sixth inning, Ginger de Weert became the third Dutch pitcher and gave up an one-out homerun to Jennifer Gilbert, which was hit well out of the park, to give Ball State a 2-0 lead. Gilbert is the team's leader in RBI's (15) and homeruns (3).

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Solange Starrenburg slides into third base with a lead-off triple in the 2nd inning

A meeting between innings

Noëmie Brandjes played at short tonight

Saskia Kosterink at first base after having walked in the fourth inning
Nathalie Franssen is the coach and Kristy Stratton plays at first

3B Dinet Oosting and 1B Saskia Kosterink meet with pitcher Lindsey Meadows,
who took over the pitching in the fourth inning

3B Dinet Oosting retires Ball State-hitter Amanda Montalto in the 4th inning

In the fifth inning, Dinet Oosting reaches second base on a passed ball, then advances to third base
when Fabienne van Uden walks, but three runners are stranded

Left: Dinet Oosting running at third base in the fifth inning
Right: Nathalie Gosewehr has a chat with the umpire in the sixth inning
In both at bats, three runners were left behind

Ginger de Weert, who threw the sixth inning for the Dutch squad

Head Coach Craig Montvidas looks into the action, when Fabienne van Uden advances
to third base in the 7th inning on a fly-out by Saskia Kosterink,
but she then becomes the tenth Dutch runner that is left behind

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