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Bandits Evade Sweep with 8-6 Victory in Series Finale
Chicago Mounts Six-Run Comeback To Win
AKRON, Ohio (July 26, 2010) – The Bandits’ ability to hit the long ball helped them evade a series sweep as they overcame five errors in the field and a four-run deficit to defeat the Racers, 8-6 at Firestone Stadium tonight.
The back-and-forth slugfest, which featured a combined five home runs eventually culminated with a six-run Bandit sixth inning which the Racers were unable to recover from.
Nikki Nemitz (4-2) registered the win from the bullpen in two innings of work, surrendering just one unearned run on a hit, striking out one Racer while Kristina Thorson earned her second save of the year in two scoreless innings. Jamee Juarez (5-7) was saddled with the tough-luck loss in seven complete, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits, she also struck out three.
For the second time this series, the Bandits’ lead off batter in Stacy May put the visitors in front on a solo home run—her league-leading 10th shot but poor defensive play from her team, squandered the early advantage.
The Bandit home run power was again on display in the fourth when Angela Findlay crushed her fourth homer of the year on a line shot to right to tie the game but it would again be for naught when the Racers came to bat.
A pair of Racer errors extended the sixth inning for the Bandits, paving the way for a six-run inning to erase Akron’s two-run lead. Nemitz singled and Friedman reached on a fielder’s choice before Chicago slugger Rachel Mitchell clubbed a two-out two-run homer to bring the Bandits within two. Errors on Valis and Montalvo allowed May and Amber Patton to reach base before Bandit powerhouse Rachel Folden cleared the bases on a homer to left field, putting the Bandits ahead, 8-6.
Thorson came in and closed the door across the final frames without allowing a hit. Akron’s only baserunners came in the sixth on a Bandit error and fielder’s choice in the sixth.
The Racers return to NPF action this week when the Tennessee Diamonds visit Firestone Stadium July 29 through August 1. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188.