MONTCLAIR , NJ - A two-run fourth inning and a three-hit shutout by Juggernaut starter Kaci Clark, powered the Nauts to a 3-0 win over the California Sunbirds in the second game of the series.
Clark pitched her first complete game and earned her first win of the season, improving her record to 1-1. The Juggernaut improved to 7-4 with the win while the Sunbirds dropped to 3-7 overall.
Shortstop Lyndsey Klein sparked a rally for NY/NJ with a leadoff double to left-center in the fourth inning. Klein would then score on an overthrow by Sunbirds catcher Julie Marshall who was attempting to field pinch hitter Courtney Scott's sacrifice bunt.
Klein went 2-for-3 on the night with one RBI and one run scored. Centerfielder Venus Taylor knocked in Scott with a base hit to finish the scoring in the fourth.
The Sunbirds looked to battle back in the top of the fifth when first baseman Brandy Thurman led off with a single. However, Clark struck out leadoff batter Kim Ogee and induced second baseman Kirsten Voak to pop-out and end the inning.
The Juggernaut tacked on one more run in the fifth when leftfielder Lauren Bauer drew a walk from California starter Jodie Cox. After advancing on a sacrifice bunt, Klein lined a base hit to left to score Bauer. Cox pitched a complete six innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs, three walks, and striking out four.
California third baseman Jaime Foutch and rightfielder Kellyn Tate each went 1-for-2 for the Sunbirds.