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USA World University Team hands Australia loss

July 17, 2006, 2:05 p.m. (ET)
USA World University Team hands Australia 9-1 loss
 
TAINAN CITY, TAIWAN - The USA World University team unleashed a nine-hit attack against Australia Wednesday afternoon, to remain undefeated at the 2nd World University Games in Tainan City, Taiwan. Tomorrow, the USA faces the only other undefeated team in the tournament; host Chinese Taipei, in the final pool game. Given the Page playoff system used in international tournaments, the USA could face Chinese Taipei three times.
 
The Australians seemed pumped, having just routed Thailand in the early game, 19-0. Beating fledgling Thailand is one thing, the USA presented a very different challenge.  
 
Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas/Texas) started the scoring, reaching on the first of three Aussie errors and advancing on Jackie Rinehart’s (Reno, Nev./Stanford) sac bunt. Boutelle would then score on Christina Clark’s (Santa Ana, Calif./Fresno State) single to center.  
 
With two outs, the speedy USA team added four runs in the second. Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State), who was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, reached on a grounder back to the pitcher. Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif./Stanford) walked and scored off a triple by Boutelle, also scoring Cochran.  
 
Australia scored its only run in the top of the fourth when Daykin tripled and scored on a single by Borbiro. In the fourth Rinehart and Clark led off with walks and Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill./Michigan) singled to left to score Rhinehart. With one out, Cambria Miranda (Camarillo, Calif./Oregon State) belted a double to left
center, bringing in two runs. Lappin drove in the final run of the inning for a 9-1 lead.  
 
Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich./Michigan) pitched the first four innings to pick up the win. Brianna McGowan (Reno, Nev./Oregon State) relieved to start the fifth and retired Australia in order. Smethurst, considered the Aussie ace, started and was relieved by Holdonow with the USA ahead 5-0. 
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