Tucson, Ariz.-- After being swept by the Chicago Bandits last weekend, the Heat got back on track with a 9-0 win over the Phoenix Flames on Thursday night. The Heat bats got it going early and the pitchers mowed down batter after batter to give the Heat the win in the series opener. Erica Beach and Randy Nielson combined to throw a one hitter, while walking two and striking out four. Stacey Nuveman, Lovie Jung and Tairia Flowers each hit a solo homerun to pace the Heat offense.
Erica picked up her fourth win of the season by tossing four shutout innings and allowing only one hit, a bunt single to Samantha Quientaro.
Randi Nielson, making her Heat debut relieved Beach, tossing three perfect innings. Nielson retired all nine batters she faced, including a game ending strike out of Stephanie Nicholson.
After a scoreless first inning, Stacey Nuveman led off the second with a solo homerun. The homerun was Nuvemans first of the season. The next batter, Lovie Jung, followed with a homerun of her own, giving the Heat their first back-to-back homeruns of the season. Jackie Coburn came within two feet of making it three in a row with her double off the wall, and came around to score two batters later. The Heat sent eleven batters to plate in the second inning, scoring six runs on seven hits.
The Heat added another run in the third on three consecutive singles by Cheryl Schaefer, Ladonia Hughes and Jessica Mendoza. In the sixth, the Heat added another two runs, one coming on a leadoff homerun by Tairia Flowers. The homerun, Flowers third, tied her for the team lead with Jessica Mendoza and Tara Knudsen.
Every Heat batter got at least one hit on the night, and eight scored at least one run. Stacey Nuveman, Jessica Mendoza, Tairia Flowers and Phelan Wright had two hits apiece, accounting for eight of the Heats 13 hits.
Deseree Williams took the loss for the Flames, allowing six runs, two earned, in two innings of work. Jeannie Ray pitched well in relief, going four strong innings and allowing three runs.
Randi Nielson earned a save in her first appearance, getting seven of the nine hitters she faced to ground out.
The Heat and Flames will play game two of this five game series tomorrow night at 7:30 pm at Hi Corbett Field.