Creger one hits Colombia
Women's Cumulative Stats
Juan, Puerto Rico — The USA Softball National team offense continued to roll as
they defeated Colombia 12-0 (four innings) to move to 4-0 at the Pan American
Games Qualifier. Pitcher Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.) tossed in a
one-hitter in the victory recording seven strikeouts and issuing two
was ready and excited to get the start today," said Creger.
"When your team plays amazing defense behind you, it gives you a great
feeling on the mound."
a leadoff walk to Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the top of the
first, the USA was retired with three groundouts to start the game.
Taking the mound for the first time at the Pan Am Games Qualifier, Creger and
USA's defense shut Colombia down in order with a groundout and popup to Raven
Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) at third and a popup to Lauren Gibson
(Pasadena, Md.) at second.
second inning would have a much different outcome for the Red, White and Blue
as they scored four runs off three hits and four walks. Nicole Hudson
(Webb City, Mo.) got things going with a walk and was advanced to second on a
passed ball. Colombian starter Luz Perez then issued a walk to Taylor
Thom (Cedar Park, Texas) and Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) to load the
bases. This prompted a pitching change for Colombia, who brought in
Vianys Garcia. USA scored their first run of the game when Rhea Taylor
(Atlanta, Ga.) hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who threw out Thom at third
base while Hudson scored. The offense kept rolling as Moultrie connected
for her first triple of the game to plate Martinez and Taylor. Chavanne
then hit a single to score Moultrie and give USA a 4-0 lead.
prevented a no-hitter as Solibeth Nunez led off the bottom of the second with a
single to right field. Colombia's next batter hit into a fielder's choice
to get Nunez out at second, but a base on ball to Ibeth Perez and a passed ball
put runners on second and third. Creger bounced back, issuing
back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
added an additional five runs in the top of the third as Hudson hit a single
before being brought home with a Thom triple. Martinez then hit a fly
ball to left field, but a mixup between the shortstop and left fielder plated
Thom and put Martinez on second. Taylor was issued a walk, bringing
Moultrie back to the plate with two runners on. With a full count,
Moultrie recorded her second triple of the game and fourth RBI to extend the
lead to 8-0. Another pitching change for Colombia brought in Darlys Perez,
but Chavanne hit another single to score Moultrie and give the Red, White and
Blue a comfortable 9-0 lead.
issued a walk and three strikeouts in the bottom of the third to keep Colombia
off the scoreboard. Leading off the fourth inning, Amanda Chidester
(Allen Park, Mich.) hit a shot to the outfield to reach second base.
Hudson brought Chidester home with a double and was advanced to third on a Thom
single. With one out, Martinez hit a ground ball to the pitcher, who
caught Hudson in an attempt to score, but an error by the catcher scored
Thom. With Martinez on second, Moultrie collected her fifth RBI of the
day with a single, giving the U.S. a 12-0 lead and putting them three outs away
from recording their third run-rule victory.
did just that in the bottom of the fourth inning. Despite a leadoff
runner, who reached on a mishandled ball by Thom at shortstop, two strikeouts
and a groundout ended the game. For the U.S., Moultrie exploded at the
plate, going 3-for-3 with two triples and five RBI while Chavanne was 2-for-2
with two singles and two RBI.
wanted to stay relaxed today at-bat," said Moultrie. "Coach
Eriksen and Coach White had talked to me about some things that I used to keep
myself reminded when I was at the plate."
next for the U.S. is a 9 a.m. EST matchup against Argentina. Live stats
and online streaming (pay-per-view) will be available throughout the Pan
American Games Qualifier and links can be found at USASoftball.com.