STRATFORD - Reminiscent of their amateur days, the Connecticut Brakettes played a doubleheader Sunday night at DeLuca Field. While the stage may have been different, the result was the same as many times in their amateur past as the National Pro Fastpitch League Connecticut Brakettes swept visiting Chinese Taipei by scores of 3-1 and 3-2.
The victories upped the Brakettes record to 3-0 after they began the 2006 season with seven consecutive postponed games because of rain or wet playing fields. The Brakettes continue the series with singles games on Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:05
Nikki Myers (1-0) and Sarah Pauly (2-0) were the winning pitchers for the Brakettes. Myers, who didnt play in 2005, picked up where she left off as an amateur at DeLuca Field in 2002 as she scattered three hits and struck out seven. Myers did not walk a batter and Taipeis run was unearned.
Rookie Stephanie Hill of LSU, who scored the winning run Saturday night at Philadelphia, drilled an RBI triple in her first professional start to give the Brakettes a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Chinese Taipei tied the score in the top of the fifth, Stephanie Best lined a two-run double to left field in the bottom of the inning.
Pauly also went the distance in the nightcap as she struck out 11 and didnt walk a batter. She surrendered five hits and two runs, only one of them earned.
The Brakettes benefited from two unearned runs in the first inning and they added another on Jessica Merchants second home run of the season in the home fourth.
Chinese Taipei scored twice in the sixth inning but Pauly worked out of the jam and she then worked a perfect seventh inning.
Kelly Kretschmen had three hits in the doubleheader sweep.