USA wins gold at World University Games

July 23, 2006, 2:06 p.m. (ET)
USA wins gold at World University Games
T'ai-nan City, Taiwan- With its only two losses, 4-2, 5-1, of the tournament coming from Chinese Taipei, the USA World University rode the strong arm of Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich./Michigan) clutch hitting, and strong defense to defeat host Chinese Taipei 4-3 in eight innings to claim the gold medal at the II World University Games. This was the team’s second extra-inning game of day and just like the game versus Japan, the game winning RBI came off the bat of Ritter’s Michigan counterpart Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill./Michigan). 

Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif./Stanford) scored on Lindsay Schutzler’s (Monterey, Calif./Tennessee) double in the third for a U.S. 1-0 lead. Chinese Taipei scored twice in the top of the fourth of back to back singles and an errant throw from right field opened the door for both runners. 

Jackie Rinehart (Reno, Nev./Stanford) tied the game in the fifth on a RBI single by Schutzler, who was a perfect 3-3 with two RBI during the Championship game. 

The seventh saw the perfect scoring opportunity with bases loaded off singles by Lappin, Schutzler and Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas/Texas). However the USA would strand all three when Lappin was called out at home as she tried to score off Brianne McGowan (Reno, Nev./Oregon State) fly out. 

The defense of the red, white and blue came out strong in the eighth when the game entered International Tie Breaker play. Chinese Taipei loaded the bases but would score only one run, stranding three on base. 

The USA re-loaded the bases in the eighth, needing one run to avoid a loss. With Sarah Fekete (Maryville, Tenn./Tennessee) on second as the ITB runner, Cambria Miranda (Camarillo, Calif./Oregon State) reached on an error. Christina Clark (Santa Ana, Calif./Fresno State) singled and Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Arizona) reached on a fielder’s choice, with Fekete out at home. This set the stage for Findlay who ripped a 2 RBI double to left field and gave the U.S. a 4-3 Championship win and their second World University Games Title.