AKRON, Ohio (August 7, 2010) – The Chicago Bandits bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss in game one to outslug the Akron Racers in game two, earning the 6-2 win at Firestone Stadium this evening.
The victory improves the Bandits to 25-14 on the year, pushing their lead to two and a half games in the National Pro Fastpitch standings while Akron drops to 22-16 to remain in second place.
Bandits’ rookie Nikki Nemitz (6-2) earned the win in seven full innings, limiting the Racers to just five hits and two earned runs with one strikeout recorded. Jamee Juarez (6-9) took the loss, working seven innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits while fanning eight batters.
Akron took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jackie Pasquerella singled and then scored on Samatha Ricketts’ two-out RBI double to right.
The Bandits responded quickly however, tallying a run atop the second after a two-bag Akron error resulted in Vicky Galindo reaching second while Samantha Findlay scored, having reached on a walk to start the inning. Juarez then worked quickly, getting a strikeout and a fielder’s choice to end the threat, stranding a pair in scoring position.
Chicago capitalized early with help from the long ball to establish a significant 4-1 lead, scoring three more runs in the third. With two outs Findlay’s 11th homer of the season—a two run shot to left also scored Stacy May who led off with a single. Caitlin Lever reached base on an error and then stole second before scoring on Nemitz’s single to left center.
Both teams were scoreless in the fourth, giving way to the fifth where Rachel Folden crushed her ninth home run of the season to the 300 FT fence in right center, making it a 5-1 ballgame in the Bandits’ favor.
Micaela Minner blasted her fourth homer of the season to dead center in the home half of the fifth to break a three-inning scoring drought for the Racers and cut the Bandit’s lead to 5-2.
In the seventh, Chicago got the bats going once more using consecutive singles from Amber Patton and Folden to put a pair on before Lever’s two-out RBI single drove a run in to put the Bandits up 6-2 for good.
The series finale and final regular season home game for Akron is scheduled tomorrow (Sunday, August 8) at 2:05 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188.