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Jul 03 USA Softball Womens National Team gets pair of wins in Morgantown W Va exhibition

By Steven Embree | July 03, 2014, midnight (ET)

Morgantown, W.Va. -  In their first matchup since the 17-player roster was announced the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team swept the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) All Stars in their exhibition doubleheader on the campus of West Virginia University on Thursday night the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball announced today. In game one, the U.S. squad turned 16 hits into 20 runs while National Team pitchers Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) and Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) combined for a no hitter. The Pac All Star squad managed their first hit of the evening in game two but couldn’t get much else going as the USA Women used 12 hits to score 15 runs and get the win.

Game One – USA 20, PAC All Stars 0
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Moore and Nevins tallied 12 strikeouts and walked one in completing the no-no in game one of the exhibition doubleheader. The PAC All Stars couldn't get anything going so long as Moore was in the circle. She held the opposing batters hitless over three innings, allowing no earned runs while striking out seven.

Fourteen runs in the first three innings helped Team USA jump ahead offensively. An RBI single by Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), an RBI single by Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.), and a groundout by Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) in the first inning and an RBI single by Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) and an RBI single by Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) during the second inning fueled Team USA's offense early.

Arioto racked up three RBIs on two hits for Team USA in the game.

Nine USA hitters combined for 15 hits, 18 RBIs and 18 runs scored in the game.

Ronni Burns took the loss for PAC All Stars allowing 20 runs in 3 1/3 innings, while walking nine and striking out one.

Game Two – USA 15, PAC All Stars 0
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Team USA refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against PAC All Stars in game two as they cruised to a 15-0 victory on Thursday at Hawley field.

The game was decided quickly as Team USA exerted its will early with eight runs in the first three innings.

A two-run double by Arioto, an RBI single by Kellie Fox (San Diego, Calif.), and a sacrifice fly by Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the first inning and an RBI triple by Fischer and an RBI single by Hallie Wilson (Santa Ana, Calif.) during the second inning supplied the early offense for Team USA. Fischer finished the game with four RBIs on two hits.

Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif.) put together a nice outing as she held PAC All Stars hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out six. Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) entered the circle to start the fourth and allowed just  one hit and struck out six in two innings of work.

Ally Vrcek couldn't get anything going on the rubber for the PAC All Stars as she take the loss. She allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, walked five and struck out none.

The USA Softball Women’s National Team will now turn their focus internationally as they travel to Irvine, Calif. for the General Tire World Cup of Softball scheduled for July 7-13. Visit www.USASoftball.com for the complete Team USA summer schedule as they march toward the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships August 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands.

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.

 

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