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Akron Races by Nauts 3-1 to Tie Up Series at One Apiece

August 26, 2004 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New York/New Jersey Juggernaut News Release

Akron, Ohio - Playoff play resumed today as the NY/NJ Juggernaut (1-1) looked to end their semifinal series against the Akron Racers (1-1) at Firestone Stadium. Juggernaut pitcher Kaci Clark recorded five strikeouts and only one earned run on the night, but the Juggernaut fell short to the strength of the Racers by a score of 3-1.

In the first inning, the Racers jumped on the scoreboard quickly capitalizing on the Nauts mistakes. A throwing error on Juggernaut shortstop Lyndsey Klein and two passed balls allowed the Racers to produce one run without any hits. But the Juggernaut answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring on a throwing error to third by Racer's catcher Jennifer Poore, which scored Juggernaut Carri Leto to tie the game 1-1.

After the first inning, both teams were held scoreless by stellar performances by Juggernaut Kaci Clark (0-1) and Racer Nikki Myers (1-0). Clark pitched a complete game, as well as Myers, who recorded seven strikeouts on the evening.

Racer Treena Peel (1-for-3) broke the stalemate when she scorched a triple down the right field line that scored Kristin Johnson (0-for-2) from first base, the only hit that Clark gave up all night. The next batter, Jennifer Poore (0 for 2), sent a deep fly ball into the glove of Juggernaut left fielder Venus Taylor to score Peel from third and record the second run of the inning, putting the Racers up 3-1.

The Juggernaut threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning by putting two runners in scoring position. Klein (1-for-2) reached with a walk before right fielder; Kellie Wilkerson (1-for-3) lined the ball to left field to put runners on second and third. However, the Juggernaut could not produce another hit to push the runs across.

Juggernaut Germaine Fairchild (1-for-3) reached first on a single to center field in the bottom of the seventh in hopes to spark a rally. Once again, the Juggernaut fell short and could not produce another hit, falling to the Racers 3-1.

The Juggernaut will look to take the series from the Racers and advance to the Championship series in the final game tomorrow at Firestone Stadium. Game time is 6:00 pm and the probable starters will be Nauts ace, Amanda Scott, and for the Racers, Radara McHugh.

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