Dutch Team wins two more games
CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) -
The Dutch National Softball Team played another double-header on Tuesday and added two more victories.
In the first game, the squad met Syracuse University, then followed with the match-up against Fordham University.
In the opener, the Dutch Team won 5-1, in the second game, a big 9-2 victory was registered.
With this, the current winning streak is now extended to eight games, while the Team now has won 12 of its 15 games played.
In the first game, the Orange broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth at bat.
Winning pitcher Rebecca Soumeru struckout six and gave up only two hits in five innings.
Lindsey Meadows then sealed the win and added three strikeouts in the remaining two innings.
In Game 2, the Dutch collected 11 basehits, including doubles by Karin Tuk, Lindsey Meadows and Areke Spel.
Dutch pitchers Mariëlle Vleugels (2 innings), Ginger de Weert (1) and Dagmar Bloeming (4) gave up four hits.
Also today, Coach Tracy Bunge arrived in Florida to join the Dutch coachingstaff again.
The softball-squad will play another double-header on Wednesday.
The team will travel to Tampa to play against the teams of Rutgers University and Canisius College.
The first game starts at 12 PM local time (5 PM Dutch time).
The second game is scheduled to start at 2 PM (7 PM Dutch).
Both games will be played at the stadium of the University of South Florida.
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the team will play one game per day to conclude this years American Tour.
The Team also conduct two clinics, which are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
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Game vs. Syracuse University
The game against Syracuse started 35 minutes later than scheduled and that had to do with the conclusion of the previous game played by the Dutch opponent.
In that game, which took awhile to complete (and ended nine minutes before the scheduled start vs. the Dutch), Syracuse shutout Bradley University 5-0, then had to walk from another field for the match-up with the Dutch.
Syracuse's nickname is Orange, so today was real 'Battle of the Orange'.
And it was a pitching battle in the first four innings, as both teams were unable to score.
In the first Dutch at bat, Meike Witteveen doubled with one out and stole third base, but was left there.
Syracuse also left a runner on this base in the third inning.
Before today's game, Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru had retired the last 31 batters she had faced and she continued the string by also retiring thre first seven batters she faced in this game, before giving an one-out single in the third inning.
The Dutch Team then opened the score in the fifth inning by scoring four runs.
All runs were unearned, as the Syracuse-defense committed four errors in this at bat.
With one out, Yonina Sint Jago and Merel Oosterveld reached on errors.
Next, in a double-steal situation, another error followed, enabling both runners to score.
Anne Blaauwgeers then reached on an infield-hit and scored when Nathalie Gosewehr followed with a triple.
After being sidelined with a sore knee, Nathalie returned again to the line-up today.
Nathalie scored the fourth run in this inning when next batter Meike Witteveen also reached on an error.
The fifth run was added in the sixth inning.
Nathalie Timmermans led off with a single, then her pinch-runner Marisèla de Wind stole second base and went on to score on a 2-out single by Anne Blaauwgeers.
Rebecca Soumeru struckout six batters and gave up only two hits, allowing only three batters reach base in the five innings she pitched.
Lindsey Meadows took over in the sixth and gave up the lone Syracuse-run in the seventh inning.
She then gave up a lead-off single, which was followed by a wild pitch, a passed ball and another single.
But Lindsey then was supported with a double play and ended the game with a strikeout.
Syracuse opened its season with a 3-2 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe (Arizona) on February 10-12.
Hereafter, the team traveled to Palm Springs (California) for the Cathedral Classic on February 24-26 and went 2-3.
From California, Syracuse flew to Florida where the team was 4-1 on March 2-4 in Orlando at the Citrus Classic.
Next on the schedule was the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, where Syracuse was 3-2.
As mentioned, Syracuse won 5-0 today vs. Bradley University and then, with a 13-8 record, met the Dutch Team.
Leigh Ross is the Head Coach of Syracuse since 2006 and led the team to its best record in 2011 winning 49 games and losing only 13.
Before coming to Syracuse, Ross led the teams of Notre Dame and Bowling Green.
Syracuse University in Syracuse (New York) was founded in 1870 and therefore is one of the oldest schools in the United States.
Syracuse was one of the nation's first schools of journalism.
The school is also famous for athlete Ernie Davis, who in 1961 not only became the first Syracuse American football-player, but also the first African-American football-player in the country to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy.
This award is handed out annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football.
Unfortunately, the story of Ernie Davis ended sadly.
After winning the Heisman Trophy, Davis was drafted by the Washington Redskins, but shortly thereafter was traded in December 1961 to the Cleveland Browns.
But Davis never played a professional game, as he was diagnosed with leukemia in the Summer of 1962.
On May 18, 1963, Davis passed away being only 23 years old.
In 2008, a movie was made about his brief, but successful career.
Rob Brown played the part of Ernie Davis in The Express, while Dennis Quaid played the role of his coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
The premiere of the movie took place at Syracuse University.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Syracuse University Orange
Coach Tracy Bunge, who arrived earlier today, exchanges line-ups with Syracuse Coach Leigh Ross.
Nathalie Gosewehr returns to the line-up; Ashley Dimon is the catcher
Meike Witteveen on second base after hitting a double in the 1st inning
Moments later, Meike steals third base; 3B Gaby Torzilli has no play
Areke Spel was the next Dutch batter
Meike Witteveen takes her position at third base
Virginie Anneveld connects, but grounds out in the 1st inning
Leftfielder Fabienne van Uden makes the first out in the first at bat
This one's for me, appears Fabienne van Uden thinking here in the 2nd inning
Yonina Sint Jago on first base after a 2-out single in the 2nd inning
Kelly Saco plays at first base
Coach Tracy Bunge makes a photo, while Coach Maaike Zijlstra looks on
Starter Rebecca Soumeru retired 38 batters in a row!
In the third inning, Rebecca allowed the first batter to reach base
Nathalie Gosewehr grounds out in the third inning
Nathalie Timmermans was the catcher in this game; Emily Thompson is the batter
LF Fabienne van Uden just misses a single by Emily Thompon in the 3rd inning
Areke Spel flies out in the fourth inning
Next, Virginie Anneveld grounds out in the fourth at bat
It was a busy day in leftfield for Fabienne van Uden, who chases a foul ball here
Moments later, Fabienne van Uden is hitting again: ''No, that one is not for me!''
Yonina Sint Jago on second base in the fifth inning
Later, Yonina scores the first Dutch run
Anne Blaauwgeers is ready to reach on an infield-hit in the fifth
Anne and Nathalie Gosewehr later also score in this at bat
Meike Witteveen steals second base in the fifth inning
Lindsey Meadows took over the pitching in the 6th inning
Game vs. Fordham University
In the second game today, the Dutch Team took charge of the game from the fifth inning on when an 1-1 tie was broken en route to a comfortable 9-2 victory.
The Dutch Team opened the score in the first inning when Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch, moved in scoring position on a sac-bunt by Fabienne van Uden and then scored on a 2-out double by Areke Spel.
Fordham came alongside in the third at bat.
Dutch starter Mariëlle Vleugels retired all six batters she faced, but then Ginger de Weert gave up three singles in the third inning that led to the tying run.
In the fifth inning, the Dutch Team struck with three runs to take a 4-1 lead.
With one out, Petra van Heijst reached on an error, then Marisèla de Wind singled.
Hereafter, Nathalie Gosewehr also singled enabling Petra to score and to give the Dutch a renewed lead.
After Marisèla and Nathalie advanced on a sac-bunt by Merel Oosterveld, Saskia Kosterink singled to bring in both.
Fordham got one run back in its fifth, but then two Dutch were added in the sixth inning.
Karin Tuk led off with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers, who then scored when Lindsey Meadows also doubled.
Lindsey moved on a passed ball and then scored the next run on a sacrifice fly by Petra van Heijst.
Three more Dutch runs followed in the seventh inning.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld singled and Saskia Kosterink doubled.
Singles by Areke Spel and Anne Blaauwgeers then led to the next two runs.
Moments later, Areke scored the ninth Dutch run on a passed ball.
Dagmar Bloeming threw the final four innings and lifted her record to 4-0.
Dagmar struckout four batters and gave up only one basehit.
Fordham University has a campus in the Bronx, New York and West Harrison (all in the State of New York).
The softball-team of Fordham plays its games in the Bronx, the neighborhood which also is the home of the famous New York Yankees.
Before the game against the Netherlands, the Rams opened the season with two wins and two losses at the Pirate Clash in Greenville (South Carolina) on February 17-19.
Next, the Rams were 1-4 at the Cathedral Classic in Palm Springs (California) on February 23-25.
Hereafter, the team flew cross-country again for the Citrus Classic in Orlando (Florida) on March 2-4, where it was 1-4.
During the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament in Clearwater, Fordham was 3-2 on March 9-12.
Today, the Rams first played vs. Boston University and lost 4-3 in 10 innings, before facing the Dutch squad.
Bridget Orchard is in her eleventh year as Head Coach of the Rams and won 364 games in her previous 10 seasons.
The Rams became one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference and participated in two NCAA Tournaments.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Fordham University Rams
Mariëlle Vleugels started and retired six batters in a row
Ginger de Weert pitched the third inning
Karin Tuk caught this game
The batter is Lindsey Kay Bright, who on Monday was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
An overview of the field
Dagmar Bloeming threw the last four innings
Petra van Heijst was the short stop