AKRON, OH- The two Racers who kept their team in Saturday night’s loss, carried the team to a victory in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Struggling to find her swing for the first nine games, Pauly finally began to swing the bat the way Racers (6-5) General Manager Joey Arrietta envisioned when she scouted her on the Bandits (7-4). The former Northwestern Wildcat went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and 3 RBI in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Bandits. Her performance lifted her average to .292. She now has two home runs and four RBI’s on the year.
In the second inning she struck a one-out double to right center. Two innings later in the fourth, she squared the game at 1-1, lacing a double to left center driving in Kelley Montalvo from second, who walked earlier in the inning. She capped off her hitting clinic in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run to left.
Pauly knew she would eventually dig herself out of the hitting slump that lingered for eight games.
“It was awesome,” Pauly said. “This year’s been different for me, not coming off a college season, so I’ve had an opportunity to get my feet under me and an eye on the ball. [Today] was a good feeling.”
Trimboli also came into this game struggling as of late and was replaced by 2011 first-round pick Megan Bush to start this series. With two outs in the fifth and the game tied at 1-1, Trimboli drove a single to center to score Lisa Modglin to give the Racers their first lead of the series that they would not relinquish.
Third-year pitcher Lisa Norris finally put the Racers in the win column in the four-game set with a solid rebound performance, throwing a complete game against the Chicago Bandits (7-4). She allowed just two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. She gave up a solo home run to Alisa Goler to lead off the fourth inning but managed to settle down for the final 12 outs, allowing one hit (solo home run to Niki Nemitz in the seventh).
The Racers and Bandits will conclude the series at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Kim Lakner, Media Relations