USA Softball National Teams Meet in California
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The 2006 USA Softball Women’s National Team and the 2006 USA Softball World University Team will meet for a game in Irvine, Calif., Monday July 10, before both head to their biggest competition of the season. The USA Softball National Team will use this game as a final warm-up prior to departing for Oklahoma City, Okla., and the II World Cup of Softball, July 13-17, while the World University Team sets its sights on Tainan City, Taiwan for the II World University Softball Championships, July 15-23.
The USA National Team is coming off a 4-0 sweep of the Arizona Heat from the National Pro Fastpitch League in Tucson, Ariz., where they outscored the Heat, 43-5. Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) led the team offensively putting up a team-high 10 RBI. She hit a grand slam homerun, a triple, double and three singles for a .353 average. Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.) posted a team-high average of .833 (5-6) and scored three runs. In the circle, Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) pitched a team-high 11 innings with 19 strikeouts including a no-hitter in game four.
The World University Team will be making its debut in the Red, White and Blue when it takes the field against the National Team. This team is composed of those with college eligibility or those who just completed their collegiate eligibility. The team is comprised of nine players who competed at the 2006 NCAA Women’s College World Series including catcher Callista Balko (Salinas, Calif.) and shortstop Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) from the 2006 National Champion Arizona Wildcats.
The game is schedule for 7:30 (PT) at Deanna Manning Stadium, Col. Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Live stats will be available at www.usasoftball.com
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 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com
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 three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.