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BIG INNING LIFTS AKRON TO 7-1 VICTORY

Akron, Ohio – The Akron Racers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat the New York Juggernaut, 7-1, Saturday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.

Akron won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 34-7. The Juggernaut slipped to 28-11.

Center fielder Iyhia McMichael’s 10th home run of the season, just inside the left field foul pole, gave the Racers a 1-0 lead in the third frame.

New York knotted the score at 1-all in the top of the fourth when right fielder Trena Peel scored from third base on Alicia Smith’s perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt.

The Racers bunched eight hits and a sacrifice fly to plate six runs in the home half of the fourth. McMichael’s two-run double scored Jenn Poore and Kelly Kretschman to make it 5-1, Akron.

McMichael later scored on a throwing error. First baseman Oli Keohohou’s single brought home Kristin Johnson with the final tally.

McHugh (7-0) worked out of a jam in the first inning and tossed a complete game. After New York’s Natasha Watley singled and Carri Leto walked to start the game, McHugh fanned Kaleo Eldredge and Ryan Realmuto. Jodie Cox grounded out to end the threat.

Amanda Scott (2-2) took the loss for New York.

The Racers entertain the Juggernaut again Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Contact: Jeff Brewer (330-376-8188)