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Riptide Completes Sweep of Double-Header against Akron

July 30, 2005 – The New England Riptide and Akron Racers met for a makeup of Wednesday's rainout game on Saturday afternoon at Martin Field with the Riptide prevailing 6-5. In game two of the Double-Header, the New England Riptide came out swinging Saturday night as they banged out 11 hits including homeruns by Lyndsey Angus and Stephanie Best as they went on to defeat the Akron Racers 6-2. The victim of five of the runs and most of the hits was starter Brandee McArthur. Ironically, two nights ago McArthur shut out the Riptide on only two hits. The Riptide scored two in the first with a bit of help from the Racer defense. McArthur started by walking Ashley Courtney and gave up a single to Jess Merchant after Kristine Botto hit into a force play. The Riptide loaded the bases when Crystl Bustos mishandled a ground ball hit by Sarah Andersen to load the bases. Angus followed with a single advancing each runner one base and Jen Scavone drew the second walk of the inning for the Tide to bring in the second run.

The Riptide went up 5-0 in the bottom of the third on the Angus homerun and, two batters later, Best's two run shot scoring Scavone. Scavone had singled between the two homeruns. That knocked out McArthur who left in favor Radara McHugh. McHugh settled things down allowing only one more run, that in the fifth when Scavone led off with a bunt single down the first base line and scored later in the inning on Lisa Iancin's third hit of the night.

Meanwhile, Leigh Ann Ellis was doing the job for the Tide, allowing two runs on seven hits, all singles. Ellis pitched the complete game, striking out five to better her record to 3-2. Racer runs were scored in the fourth and fifth, in the fourth when Stoneham native Hillary Puglia singled home Jenn Poore who had opened with a single and advanced on a walk. In the fifth, the run was scored with two outs when Bustos singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Oli Keohohou's single.