Akron, Ohio-- Amy Kyler pitched a two-hit shutout and Jenn Poore went three for three as the Akron Racers defeated the Peoria Outlaws, 4-0, Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium.
The Racers won their sixth-straight game and improved to 8-1 on the season. The Outlaws are 5-3. Peoria and Akron meet again Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Kyler, now 3-1, retired the first 17 hitters she faced before Laura Johnson blooped a single behind first base. Peoria third baseman Kylie Murray added a line single to left in the seventh inning. Kyler fanned nine and did not allow a free pass.
Center fielder Iyhia McMichael drilled a home run to left-center field to lead off the bottom of the first. The blast tied McMichael with Crystl Bustos for team leadership in home runs, each with four.
The Racers wasted lead-off doubles to start the second and third innings. With one out in the fourth inning, Poore crushed a solo home run to left-center field.
Akron plated two more runs in the fifth inning. After right fielder Nicole Trimboli singled to lead-off the fifth, designated player Kelli Metzger flew out to the fence in left. McMichael followed with a double, scoring Trimboli. Shortstop Kristin Johnson was safe at first on a bunt, while McMichael moved to third. Bustos grounded out to the shortstop, but brought home McMichael.
Ali Arnold took the loss for the Outlaws. Five of Akron's eight hits were for extra bases. The Racers came into the contest tied for first place in the NPF standings.