LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Despite a 13 strikeout performance by NY/NJ Juggernaut (23-14) starter Amanda Scott, the California Sunbirds (11-24) defeated the Nauts 2-1 behind the strong pitching performance of Jodie Cox in game one of tonights doubleheader. Scott pitched seven full innings, giving up two runs on five hits, three walks, and 13 strikeouts. Cox pitched a complete game as well, giving up one run on six hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts.
A two-run fourth inning for the Sunbirds would give Cox all the run support she would need. Leftfielder Christen Bedwell doubled to center to score pinch runner Barbara Moody and give the Sunbirds a 1-0 lead. Following a walk to shortstop Allison Andrade and an infield single by Cox, a groundball to short off the bat of centerfielder Kim Ogee scored designated player Heather Field for the 2-0 lead. Bedwell finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, and Cox was 2-for-3.
The Nauts battled back in the bottom of the fourth when pinch hitter Lisa Iancin scored shortstop Lyndsey Klein with a two-out single. Iancin went 2-for-2 with an RBI on the night. A one-out walk to Klein and a base-hit by first baseman Kellie Wilkerson would put Klein in scoring position for Iancin. Wilkerson finished a perfect 2-for-2.
Wilkerson led off the sixth inning with another base hit, pinch hitter Jaclyn Pasquerella sacrificed her to second, and Iancin singled to right and then stole to second to put runners on second and third with only one out. However the Nauts would fail to score as Cox got centerfielder Venus Taylor to ground out, and first baseman Jaime Foutch scooped third baseman Kirsten Voaks throw out of the dirt to stop the Juggernaut and secure the win.
Game two of tonights doubleheader will begin at 9:40 pm