USA shuts out All-Stars 10-0
Springfield, MO---The U.S. Women’s National Team pounded out 14-hits on its way to a 10-0 win over the Midwest All-Stars in front of 3,000 fans today at Meador Softball Complex. All four U.S. pitchers worked in the game allowing only two hits while striking out 14.
After being shutout in the first inning, the U.S. scored in each of the next six innings to improve to 28-0 on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour. With one out in the second, Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, CA) singled through the left side and scored on a triple by Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, FL). A double by Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) plated Kretschman for a 2-0 advantage.
An RBI double by Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) scored a run in the third and a double by Leah O’Brien-Amico scored two more runs in the fourth to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead. Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, CA) picked up her first hit of the day with a double to lead off the fifth. Nicole Giordano (Saugus, CA) entered as a pinch-runner for Nuveman and scored on a pinch-hit single by Jenny Topping (Whittier, CA).
Three hits and one error aided the U.S. effort in the sixth as it plated three runs for a 9-0 lead. Amico had an RBI single for her third hit of the day and Nuveman picked up her second hit of the day to score two more runs.
Each of the U.S. hurlers pitched in the game. Fernandez got the start and allowed two hits in two innings of work. Cat Osterman (Houston, TX) pitched the third and fourth inning and struck out five of the six batters she faced.
Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA) worked the fifth and sixth striking out six but hit a batter and walked one and Lori Harrigan (Las Vegas, NV) pitched the final inning and collected two strikeouts. Former Arkansas pitcher Heather Schlichtman was saddled with the loss for the Midwest All-Stars after allowing seven earned runs on 14 hits. Southwest Missouri senior Ashley Meredith got one of two hits for the All-Stars while the other was posted by Natalie Peters.
O’Brien-Amico led the offensive attack today going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Nuveman also had two hits with a double and two RBI. Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) and Kretschman were the only other players to have multiple hits in the game.
The U.S. squad will take off the final week of May from the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour before returning to the ASA grassroots portion of the tour in Northern California. The team will be in Stockton, CA on June 4, Hayward, CA on June 5 and Sacramento on June 7. It will conclude its tour of the northwest with games in Portland on June 10 and Spokane on June 12.
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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 back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.