Australia opens World Cup with win over China

July 13, 2006, 2:16 p.m. (ET)
Australia opens World Cup with 3-1 win over China
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Despite matching Australia in the hits column, China was unable to match them in the runs column and dropped their opening game 3-1 at II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Both teams put up six hits, two errors and four strikeouts but China left seven runners on base and that was the deciding factor in the Australian victory.
China took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning when Sun Li singled to centerfield to score Zhang Ai. Australia tied the game in the top of the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by pitcher Yu Yanhong that scored Amanda Doman who led off the inning with a single to centerfield.
Australia broke the tie in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a walk, wild pitch and error that resulted in the game winning run. Tracy Mosley led off the inning with a walk and was relieved by pinch runner Kate Quigley. A wild pitch and an errant throw to first base resulted in Quigley scoring to give Australia the lead. Pinch hitter Danica Howlett singled to centerfield to drive in the final run of the game.
Pitcher Tanya Harding of Australia earned the win in relief after allowing only one hit in four innings of work. Yu Huili suffered the loss after allowing three runs on five hits.
Australia (1-0) will take on Great Britain (0-1) tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. while China meets Japan at 8:00 p.m.