LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- The NY/NJ Juggernaut defeated the Arizona Heat 2-0 in the first game of the nights doubleheader behind a two-hit shutout by Amanda Scott. Scott pitched six innings, giving up no runs on two hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Gina Oaks earned the save for the Nauts, giving up one hit and striking out two in the seventh inning.
A two-run second inning would provide Juggernaut starter Amanda Scott with all the run support she would need. Centerfielder Venus Taylor singled to center with two outs to score catcher Courtney Scott for the first run of the game. Courtney Scott led the Juggernaut offensively, going 2-for-2 with a run scored. After stealing third, Taylor then scored the second and final run of the game on a basehit to right by third baseman Jaclyn Pasquerella.
The Nauts attempted to continue the scoring in the third but Arizonas defense put an end to the bases loaded rally. Leftfielder Lauren Bauer and second baseman Carri Leto both singled and Heat starter Erica Beach hit right fielder Kellie Wilkerson with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Beach pitched six innings giving up two runs on eight hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. However a ground ball off the bat of shortstop Lyndsey Klein gave Arizona the first out of the inning at the plate. Arizona then turned a double play off a line drive by designated player Lisa Iancin to end the inning. Leto was 2-for-3 on the night