CHICAGO—Shellie Robinson and Alexa Peterson both hit home runs but it wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Comets to avoid a sweep at Chicago as the Bandits collected six extra base hits on the way to a 12-5 win on Sunday at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
The Bandits used a pair of walks and two singles to score two runs off Cleveland rookie Devin Brown in the top of the first. Jiang Xinyue drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third and scored on Robinson’s opposite field homer, the first four-bag hit in Cleveland Comets history.
An error and a walk led to another Bandits run in the bottom of the fourth.
Ping Fan relieved Brown in the fifth and the Bandits scored six runs, all with two outs in the inning, to take control of the game. Natalie Hernandez and Kristyn Sandberg both hit home runs in the rally.
Peterson, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo homer in the seventh, singled to lead off the Cleveland sixth. Jade Rhodes then reached on an error and Sun Xun singled home Peterson and Sun Xun later scored on a passed ball to cut Chicago’s lead to 9-4.
The Bandits responded by scoring three runs on three singles, a double and a triple in the bottom half of the inning.
Rhodes finished with two hits for the Comets and Robinson led the way with her two RBI.
Brown took the look after allowing just three earned runs on three hits in four innings of work. Ping Fan allowed five earned runs on four hits in 2/3 innings and Wang Yan allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Cleveland dropped to 0-4 on the season. The Comets open a three-game home series with the Beijing Shougang Eagles at Brookside Park in Ashland, Ohio on June 5. They’ll entertain the USSSA Pride at Elmwood Park in Independence, Ohio from June 8-10.
- Shellie Robinson hit the first home run in Cleveland Comets history
- Robinson posted a season and team high two RBI
- Alexa Peterson recorded a season and team-high three hits
- Devin Brown recorded three strikeouts in four innings, tying her career best and the team best
- Cleveland’s five runs were a season-high