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U.S. Claims Top Seed in Pan Am Games

The USA Softball Women’s National Team secured the top seed at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with a 2-0 win over Canada in the finals of the Pan Am Qualifier. The U.S. also qualified for the 2006 ISF Women’s World Championship in Beijing, China, with the victory as well. 

Jamie Southern dominated in the circle for the Red, White and Blue, tossing a no-hitter while striking out seven. She allowed only four base runners the entire game and did not allow a ball out of the infield. 

“Jamie (Southern) threw an exceptional game and Stacey Nuveman called a great game,” U.S. head coach Mike Candrea said. “It’s great to get back on the winning track and secure the top seed at the Pan Am Games and a spot in the world championship.” 

The U.S. scored all the runs it would need in the third inning. Jenny Topping walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lovie and scored on a single by Natasha Watley, who later scored on a wild pitch. 

Canada’s Lauren Bay allowed only four hits for Canada while striking out nine and holding Team USA’s Crystl Bustos hitless for the first time in the tournament. 

Watley led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Nuveman and Jessica Mendoza each added a hit for the U.S. 

Despite being held hitless in the final game, Bustos was named tournament MVP, while Southern captured the Most Outstanding Pitcher award. 

“Bustos was phenomenal this entire tournament and could probably run for mayor of this city and win right now. The fans here fell in love with her and the way she performed this week,” Candrea said. 

"This is a nice way to finish the year, but now it's time to get back to work and begin preparations for the world championship in 2006."