USA Team of the Month

April 21, 2004, 9:46 a.m. (ET)
USA Team of the Month
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recently announced its selection of the USA Softball Women’s National Team as its Team of the Month for March.
The U.S. Women’s National Softball Team was flawless during the month of March, compiling a 15-0 record along its ‘Aiming for Athens’ pre-Olympic tour. Outscoring opponents 123-3, the U.S recorded eight mercy rule victories over the nation’s top collegiate programs. The squad combined for 21 home runs and tallied a .383 team batting average. The U.S. pitching staff demonstrated solid performances with a 0.24 combined earned run average in 88 innings pitched, holding its opponents batting average to just .074 while totaling 170 strikeouts.
Team members include Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.), Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.), Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.), Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.), Tairia Mims Flowers (Tucson, Ariz.), Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif.), Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif.), Lori Harrigan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Kelly Kretshman (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.), Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.), Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.), Stacey Nuveman (La Verna, Calif.), Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, Calif.), Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas), Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif.) and Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.)
They are led by head coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz.) and assisted by Ken Eriksen (Temple Terrace, Fla.) and John Rittman (San Jose, Calif.)
In second place among Team of the Month candidates was the beach volleyball tandem of Misty May (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and finishing third was USA Curling Patti Lank rink team based out of Madison, Wis.
TEAM (First place votes in parentheses) 
1. U.S. National Softball Team 38 (11)
2. Misty May and Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball 29 (2)
3. Patti Lank rink, Curling 20 (2)
Also receiving first place votes: Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Figure Skating
About ASA 
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 91 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit
About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.