Team USA Rocks Heat 17-1
TUCSON, Ariz. – In its first appearance of the season, the 2006 USA Women’s National Team had an explosive outing delivering 17 hits as they topped the NPF Arizona Heat, 17-1, tonight in Tucson, Ariz. The exhibition series continues tomorrow with a double header at 6 PT before wrapping up Sunday at 7 PT.
Team USA got on the board in the second when Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.) ripped a ball to center field to score Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) who reached on a triple, one of two triples for the team.
The Heat tied up the game in the bottom of the third when Autumn Champion reached scoring position at third after being hit by a pitch by Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif.). A single by Crystl Farley scored Champion, of which would be the Heat’s only run of the game.
Tucson native Tairia Flowers broke the tie in the fourth with a two-RBI homerun over left field, scoring Duran who reached on a fielders choice. Hollowell threw four innings giving up two hits and one run with five strikeouts before Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) entered in the bottom of the fifth. It was three up three down with two strikeouts for Osterman who stayed in until Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) came in during the sixth to close the game.
The run production of the sixth inning was more than the combined runs of the previous innings. Flowers, who came up to bat twice in the sixth, delivered a solo homerun shot over right field to start off the seven hit-seven run inning. In her next at bat of the inning, she hit a standup double closing out the night at 3-4 with four RBI.
“I always like coming home and playing here in Tucson. The fans here have a great love for the sport of softball and for great competition,” said Flowers of her homecoming. “And of course its always great to play in front of my friends and family.”
Flowers along with Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) with a single, triple and double and Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, Calif.) with a homerun and single contributed 12 of the team’s 17 RBI.