JUNE 27 NPF ROUNDUP
AKRON RACERS FALL TO CHICAGO BANDITS 7-3; DROP HOME OPENER
AKRON, OH – June 27, 2013 – The Akron Racers were unable to keep their streak of five wins in a row alive as they lost to the Chicago Bandits, 7-3, in their home opener. The Racers started off strong scoring all of their runs in the second inning and holding the Bandits scoreless until the top of the third inning. The Bandits, however, held the Racers scoreless for the remainder of the game to pick up the 7-3 decision.
Brittany Mack started in the circle for the Racers and went five innings. She finished the game with eight hits, five runs, two walks, and one strikeout. She had a solid start in the first three innings giving up two hits in the first inning and retiring all three batters in the second. After the second inning, though, things began to fall apart for the Racers. Mack gave up a two-run homerun to Alisa Goler in the top of the third inning and that seemed to give the Bandits the spark they needed to get back into the ballgame. Then in the fourth inning, Nerissa Myers, scored on a sac-fly hit by Vicky Galindo. Chicago seemed to save their best for the sixth inning when they scored three to take complete control of the game. Nerissa Myers led the inning off with a double. After, Amber Patton singled and moved Myers to third, that was it for Mack.
Racers rookies were given the job of damage control. Ivy Renfroe came in for Mack with two on base and no outs. Myers promptly scored on a past ball and Amber Patton came home to score on a hit by Kimi Pohlman. After Renfroe got the first two outs, it was Rachele Fico’s turn to help the Racers from the circle. She was able to get the last out and then returned for the seventh inning. Fico sat down the first two batters she faced, but Tammy Williams belted a long home run into right field to increase the Bandits lead to 7-3.
Aja Paculba smacked a one out double in the seventh hoping to give the Racers a little more hope. Brigette Del Ponte flew out and Ayumi Karino struck out to end the seventh. Michelle Gascoigne tossed the complete game win for the Bandits.
The Racers hope to rebound in tomorrow’s game, the second in a four game series against the Bandits. Saturday will feature a double-header with both games broadcast live on ESPN2.
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Bandits 7 Racers 3
RECORDS: Racers (6-7), Bandits (10-3)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Friday, June 28 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Bandits
Pride Shut Out Comets 3-0 in Series Opener, Osterman Strikes Out 18
KISSIMMEE, FL – It was another successful night at Osceola County Stadium for the Pride Thursday evening as they beat the NY/NJ Comets 3-0 in the first game of a four-game series.
Cat Osterman faced off against Olivia Galati, who was the only Comets pitcher to come out with a win the last time the two teams faced off, but this time Galati wasn’t so lucky, allowing three runs on four hits. Osterman dominated in the circle, striking out an impressive 18 batters and allowing only two hits throughout seven innings. Perhaps Osterman’s most important strikeout came in the third inning when Dorian Shaw was caught looking with bases loaded. Galati’s relief came in the form of Lindsey Richardson in the fourth inning. Richardson struck out two batters and allowed two hits.
The Comets’ only hits of the night came from Amanda Kamekona in the third and Brittany McKinney, who has the second-highest batting average in NPF with .438, in the sixth.
The Pride scored three runs on six hits, beginning with a two-run single from Kristyn Sandberg in the third that scored Natasha Watley and Caitlin Lowe, who both singled earlier in the inning. Other Pride hits came from Ashley Charters and rookie Jessica Shults.
The Pride take on the Comets for the second game of the series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. EST. Don’t miss the live coverage on usssalive.com.