Lowell, Mass. The NY/NJ Juggernaut (12-7) late inning offensive attack gave them the edge in tonights 3-1 victory over their New England (7-13) rivals. Kaci Clark (2-2) went six innings and got the win while recent Stanford graduate Dana Sorensen (1-3) suffered her third loss of the season. Pitcher Gina Oaks got the save for the Nauts, pitching the seventh inning and striking out one batter.
The Riptide got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when designated player, Megan Young (1-for-3), singled to right field with one out. Clark then retired LaDonia Hughes (1-for-4), but with two outs, Riptide second baseman Nicole Thompson (2-for-4) ripped a triple to deep right field, scoring Young to take a 1-0 lead.
The Nauts got on board in the top of the sixth inning when Lauren Bauer hit a triple off the right field fence. Kellie Wilkerson hit her home with a line drive up the middle, her league-leading eleventh RBI on the season.
The Nauts fought off the possibility of going into extra innings a fourth time in a row by scoring two runs to seal the win in the top of the seventh. Designated player Lisa Iancin (1-for-3) reached first base on an error by Riptide pitcher, Sorenson. With 1 out, Erika Hanson (1-for-3) singled to center field to put two runners on base. After Venus Taylor was retired by Sorenson, third baseman Jaclyn Pasquerella (1-for-1, SAC) hit a two-out double to score Hanson from third base. The two out rally continued when second baseman Carri Leto (1-for-4) smacked a single over the shortstop to ensure the Nauts 3-1 victory over the Riptide.
The Nauts will go for the sweep of the Riptide tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Probable starters are Gina Oaks (4-3) and Jocelyn Forest. The Juggernaut and Riptide have played eight times thus far in the regular season, with the Nauts having a 7-1 edge over the Tide.