Akron , Ohio The Akron Racers captured the first two games of their season-opening series with Philadelphia as all-star pitcher Jamie Southern no-hit the Force in the completion of Wednesday's suspended game.
Right fielder Emily Price laced a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give Akron a 1-0 win completing the halted game. The Racers then erupted for five runs in the fourth inning of Game #2 and went on to blank Philadelphia 6-0.
Southern, a four-time All-American at Fresno State, had pitched five no-hit innings three days earlier and finished the job retiring six straight Saturday afternoon. She struck out nine and was one mark from a perfect game, hitting Philadelphia's Jaime Dacey with a pitched ball in the top of the fifth.
First baseman Oli Keohohou walked to lead off the home half of the seventh. Second baseman Sara Larquier hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Keohohou at second. Larquier stole second and, with two outs, scored on Price's single inside the third base bag.
Philadelphia starter Lauren Bay and Akron starter Brandee McArthur were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel through three innings in the second contest. The Force stranded two runners in the top of the fourth setting the stage for Akron's monster inning.
The Racers sent 11 batters to the plate and capitalized on two Force errors, plating five runs on just two hits. Larquier ripped a two-run single to center on an 0-2 pitch to get Akron on the board. After a second Philadelphia error made it 3-0, left fielder Kim Gonzalez batted home Larquier on a ground out.
Shortstop Kristin Johnson added an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Price tripled and scored on a passed ball in the sixth. McArthur gave way to Amy Kyler in the sixth. Philadelphia loaded the bases in the seventh, but failed to score.