USA Softball downs Kansas All-Stars

June 21, 2004, 9:59 a.m. (ET)
USA Softball downs Kansas All-Stars 8-0
Topeka, KS---The USA Softball Women’s National Team used an explosive third inning to get past the Kansas All-Stars 8-0 today in front of a standing room only crowd of over 3,000 fans. The U.S. squad scored seven runs on five hits in the third to take a commanding lead.
Cat Osterman (Houston, TX) was dominating in the circle, striking out 13 in six innings to improve to 12-0 on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour. Osterman has now seen 55 1/3 innings of work on the tour allowing only one unearned run, fanning a total of 124 while walking only four.
Arizona junior Alicia Hollowell pitched for the Kansas All-Stars and allowed only one hit in the first two innings but got roughed up in the third. Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, FL) led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a bunt single by Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA). Both scored on a single by Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, CA).
After back-to-back walks to Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA) and Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) loaded the bases, Lovie Jung (Westminster, CA) doubled to left field to plate two more runs. Kretschman followed with a double to score the final two runs of the inning and give the U.S. a 7-0 lead.
After a lead-off to single to Jessica Yoachim, Osterman retired the next 18 batters in order before being relieved by Fernandez in the seventh.
A solo home run by Nuveman in the fifth accounted for the final run of the game for the Red, White and Blue. O’Brien-Amico led the U.S. hitters at the plate going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Jung and Kretschman each had two RBI and a double in the game.
After 40 games on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour the U.S. is hitting .407 as a team and has outscored its opponents 359-11. The U.S. pitching staff has an ERA of 0.24 and has fanned 460 in 237 innings of work. Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) continues to top the U.S. charts in batting average (.520), hits (64), doubles (12), home runs (19), RBI (69) and slugging percentage (1.130). Kretschman is second in hitting with a .512 batting average, seven doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI.
The U.S. team gets a break from the road for a week before returning to the tour in St. Louis, MO for a single game at ABC Sports Park.