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Dutch Team sets record with 15th victory

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CLEARWATER / TAMPA, Florida (USA) - On Friday-evening, March 16, the Dutch Team won 6-1 vs. Florida State University to register its 15th victory of the trip. And with this, the team wrote history, as it has now recorded the most wins ever during an American Tour.

In 1977, the Dutch National Softball Team made an American Tour to Arizona and California. The Team, then led by Nol Houtkamp, played 23 games during the trip and won 14 of them. With today's victory, the total of 14 has now been topped by the 2012 squad. During the first American Tour in 2008 to California and Hawaii, the Dutch Team won 12 of the 15 games played.

The win also came on the day that the Dutch Association (KNBSB) celebrated its 100th anniversary after being founded on March 16, 1912. The jubilee-year officially starts tomorrow on March 17.

In tonight's game, Dagmar Bloeming was the winning pitcher for the fifth time, while Rebecca Soumeru earned her fifth save of the Tour. Dagmar struckout eight in four innings, then Rebecca added six more for a combined total of 14 strikeouts in this 3-hitter. Saskia Kosterink hit a 2-run homerun in the second at bat and Anne Blaauwgeers went 3-for-3. The lone FSU-run was a homerun in the fifth inning.

Early this morning, Nathalie Timmermans left the team to fly back to Oklahoma City again to re-join her team there for a double-header later today. Head Coach Craig Montvidas also left this afternoon, as he has to be in Rotterdam (Netherlands) on Saturday to be at the 100th anniversary-reception of the Dutch Association.

The Dutch Team will be back on the field on Saturday to play its 20th game of the trip, meeting the team of Towson University, starting at 6:15 PM local time (11:15 PM Dutch time).

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Game vs. Florida State University

Tonight, the Dutch Team took charge of the game right away in the first inning by scoring two runs with two outs. With one out, Meike Witteveen and Saskia Kosterink both singled, then both scored when Karin Tuk singled with two outs. Next, Lindsey Meadows doubled, but a groundout ended the at bat.

In the next inning, three runs were added. With one out, Anne Blaauwgeers reached on an infield-hit, then advanced to third base when a 2-base error was made on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr. Anne then scored on a single by Meike Witteveen, who moments later was tagged out in a rundown. But then Saskia Kosterink followed with a 2-run homerun to make it 5-0.

The sixth run followed in the third at bat. Karin Tuk led off with a walk, then her pinch-runner Fabienne van Uden stole second base, moved on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

In the next four innings, the Dutch kept on reaching the bases, but were unable to add more runs. In the fourth, Anne Blaauwgeers led off with an infield-hit, but was forced out on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr, who later stranded at third base.

In the fifth, Lindsey Meadows hit her second double, but was left at second base. In the sixth, Anne Blaauwgeers reached on her third infield-hit, but again was forced out later to end the inning in which two runners were left behind. In the seventh, Karin Tuk walked, but this time her pinch-runner Fabienne van Uden also was forced out. Hereafter, Dinet Oosting reached on an error, but again two runners stranded.

The Dutch got very strong pitching from Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru, who combined on a 14-strikeout, 3-hit outing. Dagmar retired the first eight batters in a row, including six with a strikout, before she gave up a 2-out infield-hit in the third. But she followed with another strikeout. In the fourth, Dagmar gave up a lead-off single, followed with a strikeout, then was supported with a double play. Rebecca took over in the fifth and gave up an one-out homerun in this at bat. This accounted for the lone FSU-run, but also for the lone batter to reach base off Rebecca. In total, Dagmar and Rebecca allowed only three Seminoles to reach base.

The Seminoles are one of the strongest teams in the country. The team entered the game against the Dutch with a 21-3 record, meaning today's loss was only their fourth in 25 games! FSU started the season by going 5-0 at the Seminole Classic #1 at home in Tallahassee (Florida) on February 10-12. It's next game at Baton Rouge (Louisiana) (which is the place of birth of Lindsey Meadows) on February 15 was cancelled, but hereafter FSU was 5-0 again at the Seminole Classic #2 at home soil on February 17-22. The Seminoles were then 5-0 again at the Citrus Classic in Orlando (Florida) on February 24-26. Next, it was off to Honolulu (Hawaii) for the Hawaii Classic on March 2-6, where the team was 2-3. The team started with a win to extend its winning streak to 16 games, before losing the next day. From Hawaii, it was back to Florida, where four games were won on March 10-13, before the team met the Dutch today.

The team is led by Lonni Alameda, who is in her fourth season with FSU. Last season, the team won the ACC-title again for the first time in seven years and reached the NCAA Regionals. The team played in the ACC-finals every year since Alameda took over. Internationally, Lonni Alameda was an Assistant Coach in the staff of Team Canada from 2004 through the Olympics of 2008.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Florida State University Seminoles

The team warms up before the game

Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege at work

The spacious dug-out at USF Softball Stadium in Tampa

Coach Tracy Bunge talks with the team

Ready to start another game

Nathalie Gosewehr leads off in the first inning

Areke Spel lets a ball go by in the first at bat

Meike Witteveen running at 3rd base in the 1st inning...

...and Saskia Kosterink running at first...
...before Karin Tuk hits a single, enabling both to score

Karin gets a high-five from Coach Maaike Zijlstra

Karin advances to third base moments later...

...on the double by Lindsey Meadows

FSU-coach Lonni Alameda talks with her players, trailing 2-0

Dagmar Bloeming struckout eight in four innings

And another out is made

Anne Blaauwgeers was the catcher in this game

A concentrated 2B Meike Witteveen


Petra van Heijst hitting in the second inning

Anne Blaauwgeers, who was 3-for-3, at third base

A smiling Nathalie Gosewehr after reaching 2nd base on an error in the 2nd inning

Meike Witteveen follows with an RBI-single...

...but is tagged out moments later
(photo by Henk Seppen)

An overview of the stadium

Saskia Kosterink hits her 2-run homerun
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Saskia Kosterink just made good contact in the 2nd inning...

...and hits a 2-run homerun to make it 5-0

Saskia played at first base

Petra van Heijst flies out in the 3rd inning
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Saskia Kosterink gets the ball for another out
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Petra van Heijst gets some massage from Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Some players of the Dutch Baseball Team attended tonight's game
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru struckout 14 and gave up 3 hits
(photos by Henk Seppen)

Anne Blaauwgeers makes the final out in the seventh inning
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Final Score, the Dutch win 6-1

End of the game; The Dutch Team sets a record with its 15th victory
(photo by Henk Seppen)

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