AKRON, Ohio The Akron Racers picked up their ninth series win this weekend, but fell 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut at Firestone Stadium. 2004 National Pro Fastpich (NPF) All- Star second baseman Brandi Stuart hit a solo home run in the third inning. The Racers still hold a 1.5 game advantage over the Juggernaut for first place in the NPF.
The Juggernaut got on the board in the first with an unearned run to gain the early lead. The Racers responded in the bottom of the second when shortstop Kristin Johnson drew a one-out walk and moved to second with her eighth stolen base of the year. Akron third baseman Tracee McCoy lined a hard single off the wall in left field to bring in Johnson and knot the score at one.
Akron took the lead in the home half of the third when Stuart led off the frame with a line drive home run to right-center field. The homer was Stuarts second this season and was named the Summa Health Care System Play of the Game.
The Racers were unable to maintain their lead, as the Juggernaut rallied for one run in both the fifth and sixth innings. Despite the loss, the Racers still own the best record in the NPF at 22-9 on the season.
Pitcher Brandee McArthur threw a complete game, striking out five opposing batters and allowing only two earned runs while scattering eight hits. McArthur was named the Custom Sports Imprints Player of the game and now holds a 5-6 record.
Akron is next in action as it heads west for a six-game road trip. The Racers play the Arizona Heat July 19-21 and head to California to take on the Sunbirds July 23-25. The Racers return to Akron on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:05 p.m. to start a three-game set with the New England Riptide. For more information, call 330-376-8188 or log on to www.akronracers.org.