Canada evens record with win over Australia

July 16, 2006, 2:24 p.m. (ET)
Canada evens record with 4-1 win over Australia
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hoping to finish the II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes in a flourish, Canada defeated Australia 4-1 Sunday in session five at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to even its record at 2-2. The loss was the second for Australia which finished 2-3 in pool play.
Canada jumped on Australia in the first inning, scoring three times and added a single run in the fourth inning. All of the runs in the first inning came off of losing hurler Kelly Gentle who allowed an RBI single by Alison Bradley and a two-run single by Angela Lichty. Lichty also had a single in the third and led Canada with a 2-for-3 performance. Gentle was replaced after hurling 1 2/3 of an inning by Catherine Bishop. Bishop went 4 1/3 innings before Gentle came back to hurl the sixth inning. Bishop allowed the fourth and final Canada run in the fourth inning on a pair of hits including Kristy Odamura’s RBI double to right field.
Australia, which won its first two games before losing the next three, scored its only run off winning pitcher Kaila Holtz in the fifth inning when Natalie Ward walked with one out, advanced to second on another single and scored on a two-out error by Canadian first baseman Sheena Lawrick.
Holtz allowed two consecutive hits starting the seventh inning before Canada replaced her with Danielle Lawrie who got the next two batters out on a groundout and strikeout to end the game. Holtz allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two.