LITTLE FALLS, NJ The NY/NJ Juggernaut (25-14) capped off a three game series against the California Sunbirds (11-26) with a 2-0 win. Pitcher Gina Oaks earned the win for the Nauts with a two-hit shutout. She went a full seven innings, giving up no runs on just two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Defense was the Sunbirds downfall as they committed four errors, sparking a Juggernaut rally in the first. The Juggernaut only had three total hits on the night but managed to put together two runs in the first inning to secure the win for Oaks. A triple that sneaked under the glove of leftfielder Christen Bedwell off the bat of first baseman Kellie Wilkerson scored Oaks and leftfielder Lauren Bauer. Wilkerson was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Oaks was walked by California pitcher Jodie Cox to leadoff the inning and Bauer reached base on an error by second baseman Nikki Beal. Cox gave up one earned run on three hits, three walks, and one strikeout, in six innings pitched.
The Nauts also put together a two-out bases-loaded threat in the sixth inning but failed to capitalize. Designated player Lisa Iancin reached first on an error, Cox then walked catcher Courtney Scott, and right fielder Jen Smith reached on another error to load the bases for centerfielder Laura Harms. But Harms grounded out to end the inning.
The Juggernaut will travel to Houston to take on the third-place Texas Thunder from Friday July 23rd to Sunday July 25th.
7/23-7/24 at the Texas Thunder 8:35 pm
7/25 at the Texas Thunder 4:05 pm