LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A three-run fifth inning sparked a 3-1 Texas Thunder (16-10) victory over the NY/NJ Juggernaut (18-11).
Pinch hitter Julie Brooks singled in leftfielder Erin Evans for the first run of the game. Evans led off the inning with a double to left field. A sacrifice fly by centerfielder Kristen Zaleski scored pinch runner Peaches James to put the Thunder up 2-0. Texas then capped off the inning when third baseman Clare Burnum singled up the middle to score rightfielder Liz Bouck. Burnum finished the night 1-for-2 with an RBI.
The Juggernaut put a run across the board in the sixth inning when a fielders choice by pinch hitter Jen Smith scored pitcher Gina Oaks, who led the inning off with a triple.
Oaks (4-7) took the loss for the Nauts, giving up one earned run on three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Texas starter Lindsay Chouinard (4-4) pitched a two-hitter, giving up one earned run on one walk, and two strikeouts in seven full innings of work.
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