AKRON, Ohio — Coming off their biggest offensive explosion of the year on Friday, the Akron Racers were unable to cross the plate enough during the first game of their double header as they dropped the third game of their series against the Canadian National Team 6-2.
The problem was not that the Racers were unable to get on base as they had 13 base runners, but that they were not able to take advantage of situations once they were on base.
The Racers scoring started in the first inning when Captain Kristen Butler added to her team leading RBI total (12) by hitting leadoff hitter Norrelle Dickson home with a sacrifice fly.
Mid American Conference player of the year Jessica Toocheck had the offensive highlight for Akron in the bottom of the fourth when she tripled to left field with outfielder Susan Ogden on base.
The Racers did have other chances throughout the game putting a runner on base in every inning, but base running blunders and two double play grounders made it so they were unable to score any more runs.
Former Ohio State Buckeye Jamee Juarez took to the circle for the Racers and was unable to keep the Canadians bats silent from the first inning when she allowed a home run to Jennifer Yee.
Juarez really only had one bad inning, the third, when she gave up four runs. The big blow of the inning came from the bat of Kaleigh Rafter who crushed a three run homer in the top of the inning. Left fielder India Chiles had a beat on the ball, but it bounced off of her glove and over the fence resulting in the round tripper. After that inning, Jaurez was able to find her rhythm and eventually completed the game. Juarez gave up six runs on nine hits and three home runs in her seven innings of work.
Robin Mackin, who helped pitch a no hitter for Team Canada on Wednesday night, looked in control for most of the contest and was able to get out of jams throughout the game. The Canadian pitcher allowed two runs on six hits in five innings of work.