Alisa Goler just wanted another chance to hit in the eighth inning.
She got it and made good on it, connecting on a 3-run shot to center field in the top of the eighth to give the Chicago Bandits a 3-0 win over the Akron Racers on Friday at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.
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Goler's home run was her sixth on the year and bumped her RBI total to 20.
Amber Patton led off the extra inning with a grounder that deflected off third baseman Kelley Montalvo's glove. Patton advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Danielle Zymkowitz. Then Megan Wiggins drew a walk on a full count, and Goler jumped on the first pitch she saw from Lisa Norris to even the series at 1-1.
Monica Abbott (9-1) threw all 8 innings for the Bandits (14-8), allowing 5 hits and striking out nine.
Lugnuts 3, Cougars 2:
Kane County had another quiet night offensively at Elfstrom Stadium and dropped the series finale to Lansing to suffer its first three-game home sweep since May.
Santiago Garrido (0-3) lasted 5 innings for the Cougars, giving up 7 hits. Mike Giovenco and Chas Byrne both tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief. In the series, the Cougars scored a total of 3 runs on 16 hits and never held a lead.
Outlaws 5, Fielders 2:
On Thursday night, visiting Chico topped Lake County after scoring 3 runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Fielders' Alan Rick led off the second inning with a solo homer, his third of the season.
The loss dropped the Fielders a half-game out of first place in the North American League's Northern Division.