SAN MARCOS, TX (July 19, 2017) — For six innings, it appeared the Texas Charge was on the verge of doing something special Wednesday night.
Not only did the Charge have a three-run lead, pitcher Dallas Escobedo carried a no-hitter against Akron into the final inning. Then it all came crashing down.
Sam Fischer delivered a game-tying three-run home run in the seventh and followed with a two-run single in the eighth to rally Akron to a 5-3 win at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The Charge (16-17), coming off a 4-1 win over Akron Tuesday, had everything under control so it seemed. Escobedo allowed one baserunner through six innings and struck out 11.
In addition, Nadia Taylor ripped a two-run home run in the sixth to put the Charge in front.
Akron (18-16) delivered the spoiler.
A.J. Andrews broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off single. After a walk to Jennifer Gilbert, Fischer tied things up with her bases-clearing blast.
In the eighth, Kristen Wyckoff struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. A bunt moved her to second and Andrews drew a walk.
Fischer followed through with her two-run single.
The Charge attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning when Bailey Landry singled and Alisa Goler was safe on an error.
However, Akron pitcher Rachel Fico came in relief to end the game with a strikeout.
The Charge and Racers play Friday in Sugar Land.
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Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Sam Fischer (Akron Racers)
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.