Dutch Team adds three homeruns to set record
The Netherlands National Softball Team was back on the field on Sunday to play a double-header and won both games.
In the morning, the team started the match-up against Baylor University and won the opener with a 5-1 score.
Next, the Orange squad met Central Connecticut State University in the second game and went on to win 9-2.
With these victories, the Dutch registered their 10th and 11th win of the Florida-trip.
In today's double-header Nathalie Gosewehr, Marisèla de Wind and Saskia Kosterink homered to set a National Team-record.
Nathalie's in the first game was the 16th this trip to tie the team-record for a road trip set during the USA Tour in 2012.
In Game 2, Marisèla's homerun was the 17th to set a new record.
For Marisèla, it was her first homerun she hit as a player in the National Team.
Virginie Anneveld hit four doubles today, including three in the second game.
The team will play another double-header on Monday, meeting Marist College and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
The first game starts at 2:00 PM local time (7 PM Dutch time) and then will be followed by the match-up between Marist and Florida.
The Dutch then will play its second game starting at 6:30 PM local time (11:30 PM Dutch time).
However, rain is predicted, so the games might be in jeopardy.
Before facing the Dutch Team, Baylor University won 8-1 vs. Penn State in the morning.
For Baylor, this was their 22nd victory in 26 games.
Baylor began its season in Las Vegas (Nevada) on February 7-9, where four of the five games played were won.
Baylor won vs. San Diego (9-1), UC Davis (17-1), UNLV (7-3) and Arkansas (5-0).
Hereafter, Baylor played five games at home in its beautiful stadium in Waco (Texas) and again won four of them.
From Texas, it was off to California, where four of the five games were won in Palm Springs.
Next on the agenda was a double-header on February 28 in Hattiesburg (Mississippi), but that was cancelled.
On February 28-March 2, the Bears won four of their five games played in Gulf Port (Mississippi).
It was then back to Waco for a single game vs. Louisiana Tech, which was won 10-1 on March 6.
And then it was off to Florida.
Since last Friday, Baylor played five games and won them all, beating UMass (5-1), South Florida (3-0), Purdue (5-4), Connecticut (2-1) and Penn State (8-1).
Central Connecticut State University, the next opponent of the Dutch Team, had played 12 games sicne February 28, winning eight of them.
On that date, the Blue Devils opened their season with a 4-0 shutout-win vs. Campbell at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Florida.
The team team then won one of the next four games, which was a 5-0 shutout vs. Stanford.
On March 6 and 7, four games were cancelled, including the first two of the Hampton Tournament.
The next three games were then won.
First, Iona was shutout 8-0, then a double-header vs. St. Bonaventure was won, 9-2 and 6-0.
After another game was cancelled, CCSU played four games at the USF Spring Break Tournament in Clearwater since last Friday.
The team began with a 2-1 win vs. Saint Joseph's, followed by a 1-0 win vs. Penn State, both on Friday.
On Saturday, a 9-5 win vs. Florida A&M was added, then a 6-5 loss in eight innings followed against Rutgers, which will be the opponent of the Dutch on Tuesday.
Game vs. Baylor
The Dutch Team began the day with a 5-1 victory, which ended the 10-game winning streak of Baylor.
The Orange was off to a good start, as Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a homerun off of starter Liz Paul.
This was the 16th homerun for the Dutch squad during this trip to equal the record set during the USA Tour in 2012.
The sixteen homeruns hit two years ago broke the record of 15 set during the first American Tour of 2008.
Baylor came alongside in its first at bat off of Dagmar Bloeming.
With one out, Ariana Hawkins reached on a bunt-single, then moved on a single by Clare Hosack.
She then scored when the latter took off to steal second base.
But that was to be the lone run for Baylor.
In the second inning, Riley Browder led off with a single, but then Dagmar Bloeming retired the next 13 batters in a row, including three strikeouts.
In the sixth inning, she began with a strikeout (which was her fourth in the game) and was relieved by Femke van Dusschoten.
The Dutch Team got back on top in the second inning.
Lead-off hitter Lindsey Meadows was hit by a pitch and advanced to third base when an error was made on a 2-out grounder by Merel Oosterveld.
The bases were then loaded when Nathalie Gosewehr was also hit by a pitch.
Next, Lindsey scored the go-ahead run when Chantal Versluis walked.
In the third inning, Virginie Anneveld doubled with one out, but stranded.
The Orange then rallied for three runs in the fifth inning off of lefthander Whitney Canion, who had struckout the side in the 4th inning.
With one out, Jessie van Aalst and Saskia Kosterink singled to put runners at the corners.
Saskia then stole second base, which was followed by a throwing error, enabling Jessie to score and bringing Saskia to third base.
Moments later, Lindsey Meadows walked and stole second, then a single by Nikki Harte accounted for two runs to make it 5-1.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Clare Hosack doubled with two outs for Baylor, but then was eliminated at the plate trying to score on a single by Sarah Smith.
A nice play from rightfielder Merel Oosterveld to 1B Jessie van Aalst to catcher Nathalie Timmermans ended the inning.
In the top of the 7th, it was the Baylor-defense which made a good play.
Saskia Kosterink singled and an error on a hit by Virginie Anneveld put runners on second and third base.
Next, a grounder by Lindsey Meadows resulted in a double play, as both runners were eliminated.
In the bottom of the 7th, Femke van Dusschoten retired the side to end the game.
Box Score Baylor University vs. Netherlands
The Orange Shop is back in business
Coach Berend Mannessen hits grounders before the game
Coach Tracy Bunge represents the Dutch Team during the pre-game meeting
with the umpires and the Baylor-coaches
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the game with a homerun...
...and is greeted by Tracy Bunge, who coached at 3rd base
Next hitter Chantal Versluis reaches on an error
Baylor-starter Liz Paul delivers the next pitch; at 3B is Sarah Smith
Jessie van Aalst steals 2nd base in the 1st inning
Starter Dagmar Bloeming allows only three batters to reach base in 5 1/3 innings
Jessie van Aalst playing at 1st base
Virginie Anneveld playing at 3rd base
Virginie hit four doubles today and had four runs batted in
Nathalie Timmermans hitting in the 2nd inning
Coach Tracy Bunge and Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen take care
of Nathalie Gosewehr after she is hit on her ankle by a pitch in the 2nd inning
Jessie van Aalst flies out in the 2nd at bat
Nikki Harte grounds out in the 3rd inning, as 1B Holly Holl got the ball in time
A view in the dug-out
Coach Berend Mannessen, Logistics Manager Peter Schuler (who also is the team scorer this trip)
and Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen
Lefthander Whitney Canion took over for Baylor in the 4th inning
Standing in the back are short stop Ariana Hawkins and centerfielder Justine Young
Nathalie Gosewehr hitting in the 4th inning
Jessie van Aalst scores the third Dutch run in the 5th inning
Coach Tracy Bunge with Nikki harte in the 5th inning,
moments before she hit a 2-run single that lift the lead to 5-1
Lindsey Meadows scores on Nikki's single
Pinch-runner Marisèla de Wind advances to 2nd base in the 6th inning...
...then moves to 3rd base moments later on a single by Nathalie Gosewehr
Femke van Dusschoten takes over in the 6th inning
Saskia Kosterink slides into 3rd base in the 7th inning after an error
Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen takes a photo for her scrapbook
End of the game
Game vs. Central Connectictut
In the second game today, the Dutch Team collected 10 basehits, including a record-setting homerun en route to a 9-2 win vs. the Blue Devils.
It was the third game vs. CCSU in four years.
The Dutch also won the previous two games, winning 5-0 in 2011 and 7-0 in 2012.
Initially, the Dutch faced a 1-0 deficit after two innings.
In the first at bat, CCSU opened the score off of starter Eva Voortman.
Ashley Black led off with a bunt-single and later scored when an error was made in a stolen base-situation.
Later in the inning, the Blue Devils had runners on first and second base, but Eva then ended the inning with a strikeout.
In the second inning, Kenya McVey led off with a triple, but then was thrown out at the plate by Eva Voortman on a comeback-grounder with one out.
The Dutch Team then rallied for five runs in the third inning to take command of the game.
Marisèla de Wind led off with a homerun and that a special one in several ways.
The homerun not only tied the score, it also was the 17th this trip to set an American Tour-record.
Besides that, it was the first homerun Marisèla hit as a player for the National Team.
Hereafter, the Dutch got the bases loaded when Chantal Versluis walked, Dinet Oosting reached on a fielder's choice and Merel Oosterveld singled.
A passed ball then enabled Chantal to score the go-ahead run.
Next, Dinet was eliminated at the plate on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink, but then two back-to-back doubles followed.
First, Virginie Anneveld doubled in two runs, then scored herself on a double by Lindsey Meadows to make it 5-1.
In the home of the third inning, Kat Malcolm led off for the Blue Devils with a homerun, but that accounted for the final Connecticut-run.
Two runs were added in the fourth inning.
With one out, Dinet Oosting singled and with two outs Saskia Kosterink did the same.
Virginie Anneveld then connected for her second 2-run double, which was her third twobagger in this game and her fourth of the day.
In the sixth inning, the Dutch Team again scored twice.
Chantal Versluis led off with a bunt-single and stole second base.
After advancing on a grounder, she scored when Saskia Kosterink homered with two outs to lift the lead to 9-2.
In the fourth inning, Ginger de Weert took over the pitching for the Dutch.
She gave up only one more basehit in the remainder of the game, which was ended after six innings through the international, 7-run difference mercy-rule.
Box Score Central Connecticut State University vs. Netherlands
Saskia Kosterink grounds out in the first inning
Eva Voortman is the starting pitcher for the Dutch...
...and Karin Tuk is doing the cathing; Ashley Black is the hitter
Emily Pogemiller is the starting pitcher for CCSU, in the back is 3B Mackenzie Keyes
Eva Voortman delivers to Kenya McVey in the 3rd inning
In the 3rd inning, Marisèla de Wind leads off and hits a record-setting homerun
Marisèla is greeted by her teammates
Moments later, Chantal Versluis scores the go-ahead run
Kat Malcolm is welcomed after her homerun in the 3rd at bat
Some of the merchandise in the Orange Shop
Dinet Oosting singles in the 4th inning
Julie Marks took over for CCSU in the fourth inning
Dinet Oosting and Saskia Kosterink score in
the 4th inning on the third double this game by Virginie Anneveld
Ginger de Weert throws the final 3 innings for the Dutch
Saskia Kosterink hits a 2-run homerun in the 6th inning
During dinner, the Dutch lion congratulates Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen,
who celebrated her birthday today
Hey, the lion has a familiar face and looks like Head Coach Craig Montvidas
The lion poses with Rebecca Soumeru, Karin Tuk, Nathalie Timmermans,
Lindsey Meadows, Virginie Anneveld, Saskia Kosterink and Ginger de Weert