China picks up first win at World Cup

July 16, 2006, 1:52 p.m. (ET)
China picks up first win at World Cup
Oklahoma City, Okla.---China picked up their first win of the World Cup on the final night of pool play with a 10-2 run rule victory over Great Britain to finish fifth in the standings. Great Britain dropped to 0-5 but will have a chance to get in the win column on Monday when they face China in the first playoff game.
Great Britain scored with two outs in the first inning when Terra Davenport singled through the left side and scored on a double by Sarah Lockett.
China responded in the bottom of the first with four runs. Tan Ying led off the inning with a triple and scored when Li Chunxia tripled. Xin Minhong singled to score Chunxia and then scored when Lu Yi homered to right field.
In the second inning, Minhong, Yi and Zhang Ai each drove in runs to push the lead to 7-1. Great Britain picked up one run in the top of the third when China was called for catcher’s interference with the bases loaded to allow Kirsten Witt to score.
China put the game away in the third inning after scoring three runs on three hits to take a 10-2 lead that would result in the game being called after five innings due to the run rule.
China and Great Britain will meet again on Monday to decide the fifth place game at 1 p.m..