US Remains Perfect at World Cup
U.S Remains Perfect at World Cup
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The 2006 USA Women’s National team remains undefeated at the II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes after handing Canada a 6-1 loss, tonight in Oklahoma City, Okla. Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.) connected on a 1-1 pitch for a grand slam homerun, the team’s second grand slam of the season.
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) collected the first hit of the game with a single in the first but no runs would be pushed across the plate. Mendoza has been stellar at the plate so far at this World Cup hitting .500 (4-8) with two homeruns, six RBI and two runs scored.
Team USA took the 4-0 lead in the fourth on just two hits. Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.) was hit by a pitch and Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) singled to right center to begin the rally. Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, B.C) who started the game for Canada left the game with two runners on and was relieved by Robin Mackin (Newmarket, ON). Mackin who walked her first batter to load the bases for Jung. With two outs on the board, Jung drove the ball deep over centerfield fence to give the U.S. a four run lead.
“I think I was a little nervous because I didn’t have a good first at bat,” said Jung. “I wasn’t aggressive at the plate, so my plan was to change that coming into my second at bat. It was a relief. I felt a lot of pressure with the bases loaded, two outs and no runs on the board. My first thought though wasn’t on a homerun. I wanted to get a base hit and have a good at bat.”
A sacrifice fly by Nuveman scored Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) in the fifth to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead. Team Canada avoided a shutout with their own run fifth inning off a solo shot to centerfield by Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC).
Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif.) threw five complete innings, allowing five hits, one earned run while striking out six to earn the win.
Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) came in for relief in the sixth and allowed no hits, striking out four and walking two. The U.S. put up an insurance run in the seventh on a single by Crystl Bustos (Canyon County, Calif.) that pushed Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.), who singled to shortstop and stole second.
Canada (0-2) is slated to take on China (0-2)) at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. Team USA (2-0) will take on archrival Australia (2-0) at 11:00 a.m. Competition continues in the evening when the USA meets defending champion, Japan, in a rematch of the 2005 World Cup final at 9:00 p.m