Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2005

Outlaws rout Strikers for 24 runs in sweep

Holland 4-for-4 at plate in pair of wins

June 23, 2005

— When the Lansing Outlaws fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning of their first game against the Lightning Strikers, there may have been a little concern that their three-game winning streak was in danger of being snapped.

Any concerns dissipated in a matter of minutes, however, as the Outlaws erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first and coasted to a 13-1 run-rule victory in just three innings. They later cruised to an 11-1 victory in the nightcap Wednesday at Field of Dreams.

The first-inning eruption in game one was sparked by Jessica Hauver, whose infield single was the first of six Outlaw hits in the inning. Maggie Aus followed with an infield single. Nicole Holland later singled, Jessica Kane and Becca Smith-Vandergraff smacked back-to-back doubles, Kelly Fratzel walked and Melissa Crawford ripped a two-run triple.

After that, the next two innings were a mere formality as the Outlaws ran away with the easy victory. They plated five more runs in the second and two in the third. It was plenty of offensive support for Kane, whose four-hitter upped her summer record to 5-2-1.

Hauver, Aus, Holland, Kane and Crawford all recorded two hits in the game.

Game two was slightly more of a struggle - but just slightly. The game was tied at 1-all after an inning, but the Outlaws plated four runs in the second as Holland, Fratzel, Crawford and Carolyn McKune all scored and pushed Lansing's lead to 5-1. The Outlaws scored five more times in the third inning and then added an insurance run in the fifth that pushed the lead to double-digits right before time expired.

Holland (single, triple), Fratzel (two singles) and Smith-Vandergraff (two doubles) each had two hits in game two. Erika Rios added a two-run double. Dana Sanders earned the victory on the mound by throwing a two-hitter.

The Outlaws (10-4-2) will put their five-game winning streak on the line this weekend when they travel to Dodge City for the Wild West Showdown at Legends Park.

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