Jeff Brewer

Rookie Sarah Prezioso hit a two-run homer and left-hander Angel Bunner pitched into the seventh inning as the Pennsylvania Rebellion rallied for a 3-2 National Pro Fastpitch win over the Racers on Sunday at Firestone Stadium.

The Rebellion (4-12) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Racers and put an embarrassing 9-2 loss in the series opener behind them.

“You have to erase what happened yesterday and have a flush-it mentality,” said Bunner (1-2), who gave way to Tatum Edwards in the seventh, but limited the Racers to six hits, struck out five and walked two, yielding two runs in six innings of work. “We came out ready to go today.”

Despite trailing 2-0, the Rebellion showed resiliency and received a titanic, game-winning home run from Prezioso, making her first pro start, albeit at an unfamiliar position.

“Bunner pitched a fabulous game,” Rebellion co-head coach Stacey Rice said. “We always have to remember this is a new organization and brand new girls who have never played together before.”

Like the previous night, the Racers (8-10) capitalized on an error to take the lead and scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Left fielder Jill Barrett’s high-chop RBI double and Charlotte Morgan’s RBI single to right had the Racers on top 2-0.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth, the Rebellion could manage just one run.

Racers starter Alison Owen was able to grind through and escape further damage, after pinch runner Angeline Quiocho scored on sacrifice fly into foul territory.

The game turned on one pitch.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, the Rebellion opened with designated player Courtney Liddle’s single off Racers reliever Lannah Campbell (0-1). With one out, Prezioso guessed change-up and crushed a homer to left-center field.

“I actually felt it in my second at-bat,” said the former Temple shortstop, asked to play second base for her NPF team. “I fouled off eight or something pitches, and I was feeling it, but I struck out. I was still confident and seeing the ball well.”

Prezioso stayed back on the change and said, “It looked like a beach ball.”

Although the Rebellion led 3-2, Racers manager Brian Levin believed his team would answer.

“I was pretty confident going into the sixth even though we were down,” he said. “I felt good about the people we had coming up.”

After stranding two runners in the home half of the sixth, the Racers mounted a threat when Barrett and shortstop Nerissa Myers connected on back-to-back singles to start the seventh.

Enter Edwards for Bunner.

Racers designated player Morgan ripped a ground ball right at Rebellion shortstop Bianca Mejia and the Rebellion turned a 6-4-3 double play. Edwards registered a strikeout to end the game.

Eight runners left on base led to the Racers’ demise.

Levin’s team had a clean sheet in the field as right fielder Ayumi Karino, Barrett, Myers, second baseman Ashley Thomas and catcher Haley Outon, in that order, all made stellar defensive plays.

Barrett, a rookie out of the University of Tulsa, is the team’s leadoff hitter from the left side, batting .407, and able to play wherever needed.

“I thought we played really well defensively,” Levin said. “I was really proud of that and we had opportunities to win the game, but we just didn’t get the big hit.”