Jennie Finch makes Olympic debut

Aug. 13, 2004, 10:42 a.m. (ET)
Jennie Finch makes Olympic debut in opening game versus Italy
Athens, Greece-USA Softball right-handed pitcher Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA) will make her Olympic debut on Saturday when she faces Italy at 12 p.m. Athens Time, 4:00 am central. The game will be aired live on CNBC. Finch was tabbed as the starter late Friday night just prior to the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games. 
She faced the Italian National Team twice in April while participating in an exhibition tour in Pisa, Italy. In seven innings of work, Finch was credited with a win, a save and allowed only two hits while fanning 14 batters. 
The U.S. will continue round-robin play on Sunday, August 15 when it faces arch-rival Australia at 5 p.m. 
The U.S. has been ranked No. 1 in the world for the past 18-consecutive years and has captured the only Olympic gold medals that have been contested in the sport.

Note:  USA Softball will not be participating in the opening ceremonies due to the starting time of the team's first game on Saturday, August 14.

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 and 40,000 umpires 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.