January 19, 2012

Northridge to Host NPF's USSSA Pride in Feb. 21 Exhibition

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge softball program will host an exhibition contest against the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league at Matador Diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m., CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers announced. The Matadors will face some stiff competition against the Pride, who boast several Olympians and former national champions, including their own volunteer assistant coach, Natasha Watley.

"We're excited to bring some of the best in our sport to our campus for what should be a great day," Flowers said. "The Pride brings in a talented roster of former college standouts and our club is looking forward to the test."

In addition to Watley, a member of the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic team, the Pride boasts several other former US Olympians including Andrea Duran, Jessica Mendoza, Kelly Kretschman, Caitlin Lowe, Lauren Lappin and Cat Osterman. Team USA took the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the silver medal in 2008 in Beijing.

The roster also includes Canadian Olympic team members Danielle Lawrie and Jenn Salling and former college stars from several other prominent programs. 

"It should be a fun game for both teams and I look forward to stepping into the batter's box against some of our pitchers," Watley said. "This is an opportunity for the Southern California softball community to come out and meet some of their favorite players and see some great action."

Although not finalized at this time, plans are in the works for an autograph session featuring both teams following the game.

Just like CSUN, the Pride will also participate in the Cathedral City Classic the following weekend (Feb. 23-26) in Cathedral City, Calif. At the event, the Pride will play another NPF team on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 25. 

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