TUCSON, Ariz. A six-run explosion in the top of the eighth inning in game two and four runs in the top of the sixth inning in game three propelled the Racers to series sweep of the Arizona Heat on Friday night.
After game two was postponed due to field conditions Thursday night, the Heat and Akron Racers finished up prior to game three. Akron had already scored one run in the top of the eighth inning before the game was called. They would add five more with three singles, a triple and a towering homerun by Trena Peel to win 11-5 on 18 hits against the Heat.
In the nightcap, a four-run rally in the top of the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Racers to the win. A pitching duel until the sixth inning, both hurlers kept it close with Brandee McArthur earning the win and Erica Beach picked up the loss. The score was 5-2.
Beach showed no signs of being injured and taken out of a game on June 29th against Texas. She pitched five solid innings of shut-out ball and struck out three. Her change-up was looking as good as ever after forcing two Racer batters to go down looking.
The result of this game marks the first time the Heat have been swept all season. The Heat has lifted their game on the offensive side of the ball, however, picking up nine hits on Thursday and eight on Friday.
Tamara Ivie is seeing the ball well these days going 6-for-9 with a walk, two doubles, a homerun and an RBI in the Akron series.
Wendy Allen has also picked up the bat a little going 3-for-7 with two walks, two doubles, a homerun and three RBIs in the series.
Both players are looking to keep up with their hot-bats as Arizona (9-17) travels to the East Coast for a series with New England and then with the Juggernauts.