The Racers registered their second home win of the season Tuesday night at Firestone Stadium by rallying back from multiple deficits.
All nine players in the Akron lineup reached base, with six scoring a run as the Racers defeated the Chicago Bandits 7-6.
Ashley Thomas and Jennifer Gilbert each recorded two hits and scored once for manager Brian Levin, as the Racers upped their record to 3-5 and the Bandits dropped to 5-3.
Thomas smacked a double to left center that scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and proceeded to score the final run of the game after a single by Jill Barrett.
Right-hander Rachele Fico pitched in relief of Lisa Norris and earned the win by working the final two innings.
Chicago led 1-0 in the first inning courtesy of a double by Emily Allard, a single by Tammy Williams and a wild pitch that scored Allard.
Akron took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first via walks to Nerissa Myers and Brianna Cherry, a single by Nadia Taylor and a single by Jessica Garcia that scored Myers and Cherry.
The Bandits evened the score at 2-2 in the second with a solo home run over the center field wall by Cheyenne Coyle.
The Bandits then jumped to a 5-2 lead in the fifth. Alisa Goler hit an RBI single that scored Danielle Zymkowitz, Coyle drew a bases-loaded walk that brought in Williams and Natalie Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly that plated Jessica Bracamonte.
The Racers cut their deficit to 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Cherry smacked a double to left center that scored Taylor Schlopy and Myers.
Williams upped the Bandits’ lead to 6-4 with a solo home run in the sixth over the wall in right center, but the Racers mounted one final comeback with three runs in the sixth to reclaim the lead for good.
Akron’s sixth started with Kelley Montalvo reaching base via an error and Gilbert hitting a single. Thomas followed with a single that scored Montalvo and pinch runner Olivia Watkins to tie the score at 6-6. Barrett snapped the tie with a single that scored Thomas.
Montalvo helped close out the victory by successfully fielding two sharply hit balls toward third base and firing across the diamond for the final two outs in the seventh.
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