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Feb 22 USA Softball Sweeps Doubleheader

July 01, 2006, 2:07 p.m. (ET)
USA Softball Sweeps Doubleheader 4-1, 10-3
 
Tucson, Ariz. – After a 17-1 victory yesterday, the USA Softball Women's National team came back for a double header sweep, 4-1, 10-3, of the NPF Arizona Heat in Tucson, Ariz. The team tallied three homeruns during the doubleheader with four different pitchers seeing action.
 
Game 1 – USA, 4 Tucson Heat, 1
 
It was all Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.) and Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) as they split the run production for Team USA in game one. Bustos got it started with a double that scored Watley who hit a single down the left field line to get on base. Bustos, a perfect 3-3 with two RBI, put the team up on the board again in the fourth with a solo homerun. With bases loaded, Watley followed up with a long single that scored two runs with her advancing to second on the throw.
 
Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) started for the red, white and blue and pitched six innings before Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) came in to close the seventh inning. Abbott allowed one hit, gave up no runs and struck out seven in six innings pitched. Osterman gave up two hits in the seventh, including a triple off the bat of Heather Scaglione that scored the solo run of the game for the Heat.
 
Game 2 – USA, 10 Tucson Heat, 3
 
Team USA put up four runs off two hits in the second inning with everyone in the batting order seeing action including a long single by Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) that scored two runs. The Heat responded in the fourth when Catalina Morris launched a three-RBI homerun scoring Toni Mascarenas who led off with a double and Nichole Thompson with a walk.
 
Homeruns from both Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) and Watley in the fifth and seventh, respectively, gave the U.S. four more runs. Watley was 2-5 in game two with five RBI including a double and a homerun. 
Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif.) earned the win for the team throwing four innings with both Osterman and Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif.) also seeing action on the mound.
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