Bandits lose 3-0 at Akron
AKRON, Ohio -- As a result of a rain cancellation, the Chicago Bandits dropped the series finale at Firestone Stadium against the Akron Racers by a 3-0 final in five innings.
The game was called due to the inclement weather, dropping the Bandits to 12-11 on the season and 3-6 on their nine-game road trip.
Lacey Waldrop earned the start in the circle for the Bandits and logged 4.1 innings of work, surrendering three runs (one earned) on five hits. However, her effort was not enough, as the Bandits couldn't get the bats going, and Waldrop departed in line for the loss -- she is 3-2 on the season.
Akron's Kristen Wyckoff got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with a two-out RBI-single.
Former Bandit A.J. Andrews created some trouble for her former team by launching a leadoff solo shot in the fifth, prior to the rain, extending the Racers' lead to 2-0. Reigning NPF Rookie of the Year Sami Fagan added a sacrifice fly later in the frame to make it a three-run deficit for the Bandits.
Chicago mustered just four hits on the night, but challenged Akron starter Emily Weiman in the third inning while attempting to mount a comeback. Sammy Marshall led of the frame with a single and immediately swiped second to get into scoring position. However, the Bandits could not take advantage of the situation.
Marshall, Emily Crane, Alexa Peterson and Abby Ramirez collected the four hits for the Bandits, all of which were held to singles.
Jailyn Ford, who replaced the Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game in Weiman, tossed a scoreless fifth for the Racers. Weiman earned the win with her four shutout innings, allowing four hits and zero runs before exiting.
Chicago's Ellen Sara Roberts faced one batter in the bottom of the fifth prior to the rain cancellation.