Akron, Ohio The Akron Racers blasted three home runs and Jamie Southern pitched a complete game in a 10-1 NPF win over New York Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
Akron improved to 33-7 and moved closer to clinching a berth in the NPF playoffs. The Juggernaut, currently in fourth place, fell to 28-10.
The Racers jumped on New York starter Jodie Cox (12-3) for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. First baseman Oli Keohohou laced a two-run single and catcher Jenny Topping added a sacrifice fly.
Akron center fielder Iyhia McMichael (inset photo) started the fireworks with her ninth round-tripper of the season, a two-run line shot which just cleared the fence in left-center field. McMichaels dinger gave Akron a 5-0 advantage. The 2004 NPF Most Valuable Player enjoyed a 3-for-4 game batting and broke the franchise record for runs in a season, surpassing Rashunda Taylor, who scored 48 in 1997. McMichael is at 50 runs scored.
Keohohou crushed her fifth home run of the season in the fifth frame to make it 7-0. Her two-run clout down the left field line plated Crystl Bustos, who had reached on a bunt single.
Bustos, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, greeted New York relief pitcher Alison Higgs with her 18th homer of the season, a three-run bomb to center field in the sixth. Bustos leads the NPF in both home runs and RBI (54).
Southern (6-1) struck out 8, walked three, and yielded just three hits. New York catcher Ryan Realmuto belted her 10th home run of the season in the sixth.
The Racers entertain the Juggernaut again Saturday at 1:05 p.m.