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Racers Split Doubleheader

Akron, Ohio - After losing the first game to Denso Japan 1-0, the Akron Racers bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 2-0.

The first game was even through the first three innings with Racer starter, Brandee McArthur only giving up a walk in three frames, and Denso's starter, Mika Someya only allowing a bunt single to Racer Shortsop Kristen Johnson in her two innings of work.

In the fourth inning Japan's lead-off hitter Yuri Masumaya lead- off with a double to left field. Two batters later Kumi Kinugasa drove a single back up the middle driving in Masumaya. The run would prove to be all Someya and Japanese reliever Risa Uno would need as the Racers only managed three hits in the game.

In game two the Racers turned the tables on their counterparts, as Radar McHugh baffled Denso's bats for much of the game recording six strike outs and giving up only four hits in seven innings of work.

As for the offense, when Someya took the mound again for game two, they jumped on her quickly as Iyhia McMichael blasted her second home run of the year over the left field fence with two out in the first.

The Racers would pick up an insurance run after McMichael lead off the fourth with a single, and eventually came around to score on an error by shortstop Naoko Matsumoto of Japan.

The Racers and Japan split the series 2-2, and now the Racers look towards a two week road trip facing first the Texas Thunder and then the Philadelphia Force.