After four days the torrential rains abated and the United States university team has jumped out to a 3-0 mark at the 2nd World University Softball Championship in T’ai-nan City, Taiwan.
USA 15, SOUTH AFRICA 0 (4)
Jennie Ritter had a strong outing, striking out seven of the nine batters she faced in three innings. A five-run first inning served notice that the USA has explosive offensive power. Lindsay Schutzler opened the USA first with a triple.
Sarah Fekete, Christina Clark, Samantha Findlay, who posted two RBIs, and Kristi Fox all scored. The USA added six runs in the third, the big blow a triple by Katie Cochran, and doubles by Schutzler and Fekete. Leading 13-0 in the fourth, Fekete singled and scored on Clark’s home run that provided the final 15-0 tally. Schutzler went 3-for-3 while Brianne McGowan pitched the fourth, retiring two of three batters on strikeouts.
USA 7, THAILAND 0 (5)
Katie Burkhart pitched the first three innings, striking out seven of nine batters without allowing a hit. Angela Tincher pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit while fanning four. Courtney Bures doubled in two runs in the first. In the second, Schutzler drove in two runs with a triple, and scored on Fekete’s single. Tina Boutelle tripled and scored in the fourth on a single by Jackie Rinehart.
USA 4, JAPAN 2
The USA World University team matched it’s national team counterpart’s win over Japan Monday with a 4-2 win over Japan that kept the U.S. unbeaten at the World University Games.
Team USA went up 1-0 in the top of the third when Callista Balko hit a solo home run off starter Uemura. Findlay followed with a line drive down the left field foul line that scored Norrelle Dickson and Clark, but the play was reversed by the umpires and Findlay struck out to leave the runners stranded.
Japan tied the game in the fourth off USA starter Katie Burkhart as Suzuki singled and later scored on Nakano’s RBI.
The USA, however, broke the tie with two runs in the sixth. Fox led off with a single and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Cambria Miranda. With two outs and Miranda on third, Dickson plated the additional run with her RBI single.
Japan added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Suzuki was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a passed ball, but the U.S. responded in the final frame as Rinehart singled and scored on Boutelle’s two-out base hit.
The USA faces Australia before meeting host Chinese Taipei in Thursday’s final pool game.
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