Akron, Ohio-- Nicole Trimboli belted her first home run of the season and Brandee McArthur tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Akron Racers knocked off the Peoria Outlaws, 13-1, at Firestone Stadium.
The Racers, now 9-1 and currently in first place in the National Pro Fastpitch standings, have won seven straight games. The Outlaws are 5-4. Akron and Peoria meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.
Trimboli, a left-handed hitting first baseman, had a three for three night, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. A year ago, Trimboli ranked second on the Akron squad with 26 RBI.
Third baseman Crystl Bustos added three hits and center fielder Iyhia McMichael and shortstop Kristin Johnson each had three RBI.
Three consecutive singles by Kelli Metzger, Trimboli, and Hilary Puglia to start the second inning loaded the bases. Jackie Poggendorf hit a one-hopper back to Peoria pitcher Amanda Fortune who threw the ball past her catcher Katie Bradley. Two runs scored on the fielder's choice error. McMichael and Johnson grounded out to plate two more runs.
Akron scored five runs in the third and led 9-0. The Racers capitalized on six Outlaw errors.
McArthur retired the first 16 hitters she faced, before yielding a bunt single to third baseman Holly Rogers. McArthur, now 4-0, struck out five and walked none.
Puglia turned in a fielding gem at second base, diving to her right, and starting an inning-ending double play in the sixth.
The Racers welcomed the return of 2004 U.S. gold medalists Kelly Kretschman and Jenny Topping, but neither player was pressed into action, having just returned from the West Coast and a nearly two-week commitment with Team USA.