Topping homers in 10-0 route
FULLERTON, CA –Jenny Topping’s (Whittier, CA) return to Cal State Fullerton was a memorable one as she launched a home run to left field in the fourth inning to lead the U.S. to a 10-0 whitewash of her alma mater tonight at the KIA Classic.
With the win the U.S. improves to 21-0 and pushes its pre-Olympic tour winning streak to 136 games.
After leaving three runners on base in the first two innings, Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) put the U.S. on top in the third with a stand-up double that scored Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) who reached earlier on a single.
An explosive fourth inning put the game out of reach for the Titans when the U.S. lit up the scoreboard for six runs on five hits. Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) opened the inning with a solo shot to left field to get the scoring barrage underway.
Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, CA) continued the offensive onslaught with an infield single and moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Watley. A double by Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, CA) plated Berg and double by Bustos plated Amico. Following a pitching change and a walk to Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA), Topping provided the highlight of the night with a three run bomb to left field for the final runs of the inning.
“I felt a little Deja Vu tonight hitting that home run,” said Topping with a smile. “I hit quite a few home runs in my career at Fullerton in that exact spot but it was exciting to do it tonight as part of the National Team.”
Jaime Clark (Tustin, CA), who entered the game in the bottom of the fourth on defense, provided a huge boost at the plate in the fifth with a three run home run that gave the U.S. the runs it needed to end the game due to the mercy rule.
Fernandez kept the Titan hitters off balance all night from the circle with her signature change-up and managed to strikeout nine of the 18 batters she faced. Cal State Fullerton did manage to pick up three hits in the game but became the 17th shutout victim of the year.
Bustos extended her hitting streak to 21 straight games after collecting a single in the first inning. She didn’t stop there picking up two more hits, both of which were doubles, and two RBI.
O’Brien-Amico was the only other player to have multiple hits in the game going 2-for-3 while Clark and Topping topped the RBI charts with three apiece.
On the 2004 ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour the USA has outscored opponents 201-8 and has crushed 42 home runs in just 21 games.
The U.S. will continue action at the KIA Classic on Thursday, when they play DePaul at 7 p.m.