LITTLE FALLS, NJ The NY/NJ Juggernaut (24-14) defeated the California Sunbirds (11-25) 3-0 behind a two-hit shutout by Nauts starter Kaci Clark in the second game of the nights doubleheader. Clark shut down the Sunbirds, going a full seven innings, giving up no runs on two hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
Clark would get all the run support she needed in the fourth inning when designated player Lisa Iancin scored on a double to the left-field fence by centerfielder Venus Taylor. Second baseman Carri Leto would then add an insurance run when she scored Taylor with a single down the left field line. She was then thrown out attempting to advance on the play. Iancin went 1-for-2 with one run scored and an RBI. Taylor also went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
First baseman Kellie Wilkerson tacked on the Juggernauts third and final run of the game in the sixth inning when she scored on an infield hit by Iancin. Wilkerson went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Clark escaped a threat by California in the first inning thanks to sparkling defensive plays by right fielder Gina Oaks and shortstop Lyndsey Klein. After a leadoff hit by right fielder Kellyn Tate, Oaks threw pitcher Kirsten Voak out at first from right field to secure the first out of the inning. Klein then nailed third baseman Jaime Foutch at first with a one-hop throw from her knees in the hole for the second out of the inning and the end of the rally.
The Juggernaut will take on the Sunbirds again tomorrow at 7:35 pm.