Akron , Ohio Jamie Southern pitched her second no-hitter of the season and led the Akron Racers to a 2-0 victory in game one of a doubleheader against the Chinese Taipei on Saturday. The Racers (9-5) also won game two 5-2 to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.
Southern was outstanding in the circle, allowing only three base runners, all of which reached via walks. She opened the Racers' 2006 season by tossing a no-hitter and improves to 4-1 on the year.
Crystl Bustos provided some fireworks at the plate as she homered in both games. She broke-up a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game one with a solo shot to straightaway center. An insurance run was added in the sixth when Caitlin Benyi drew a bases loaded walk that brought in Iyhia McMichael.
The Chinese Taipei National Team jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning in game two, plating two runs against Racer starter Brandee McArthur. The lead was short-lived though as Bustos blasted a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the frame, her league leading sixth longball of the season, to tie the game.
McArthur settled down after the first allowing only two hits and one walk the rest of way for Akron. She tossed a complete game, striking out six in the process, and evened her record at 2-2.
The score remained tied at two until a McMichael sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Kristen Butler from third. The Racers notched a second run in that inning following Kristin Johnson's RBI single to center. Johnson went 3-for-4 with 2-RBI and a run scored in game two.
For third baseman Crystl Bustos and catcher Jenny Topping this was their last game with the Racers this season. Both players were selected to play for the United States National Team and leave Akron on Sunday. Pitcher Jamie Southern will also join the national squad and will leave at the end of this weekend's series.
The Racers and Chinese Taipei team will play the final game of the four-game
set Sunday at Firestone Stadium. First pitch is schedule for 6:00 pm. This
is a make-up game for the contest that was rained out Friday evening. For ticket information please contact the Akron Racers' box office at 330-376-8188.