USA Softball defeats All-Stars
Charlotte, N.C.---Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, CA) and Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, CA) combined to go 6-for-6 with six RBI in a 10-0 five inning mercy rule win over the North Carolina All-Stars tonight at Renaissance Park. With the win the U.S. improves to 38-0 and pushes its pre-Olympic tour win streak to 152-games dating back to May 3, 1996.
2,700 packed into the park two hours before the game to watch once of the USA's best bets for gold this summer in Athens Greece and Team USA didn't disappoint.
U.S. starting pitcher Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) helped her cause in the second smashing a solo home run to left field for a 1-0 lead. Jung kept things rolling with a single to leftfield and Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, CA) followed with a single to right field. Following a passed ball that allowed each to advance 60 feet, Jung scored on a single by Berg and Kretschman scored on a throwing error by the All-Star shortstop.
Back-to-back walks to Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) and Fernandez coupled with a sacrifice bunt put the U.S. in scoring position once again. Jung came through in the clutch with a single up the middle to increase the lead to 5-0. A double by Berg plated Jung for the final run of the inning.
A four run fifth inning was all the U.S. needed to end the game early due to the mercy rule. Fernandez led off with a walk and Jung drove in pinch-runner Nicole Giordano with a double to right field for the first run of the inning. Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA), Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) and Berg drove in the final three runs of the game.
Fernandez improved to 10-0 on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour after allowing just one hit in five innings of work while striking out six.
The ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour rolls on as the USA Softball Women’s National Team travels to Salem, VA for a game on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at James Moyer Sports Complex.