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USA Gold, USA Blue Remain Unbeaten at Canada Cup
USA Gold picked up a pair of five-inning victories, while USABlue posted its fourth consecutive shutout Tuesday in day fourof the 1999 Canada Cup.
In USA Gold's first game, Stacey Nuveman went 4-for-4 withtwo home runs and six runs batted in to power USA Gold to a 14-0victory over Decatur Twister. Laura Berg added three hits andthree RBI.
Nuveman gave USA Gold an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homerin the bottom of the first inning. USA Gold erupted for five runsin the second inning, highlighted by Berg's two-run single andNuveman's RBI-double. Run-scoring singles by Nuveman and JulieSmith sparked a three-run third inning and Nuveman's second homerof the game - a two-run shot - highlighted a four-run fifth inning.
Lisa Fernandez tossed a one-hitter, allowing only a fourth-inningsingle. Fernandez recorded 12 strikeouts.
In USA Gold's second game of the day, Jennifer Brundage drovein four runs with a pair of home runs to spark the Americans toan 8-0 win over the Chinese Development Team.
After a throwing error led to a run in the third inning, USAGold struck for three runs in the fourth as Brundage hit a solohome run and Dot Richardson added a two-run homer. In the fifthinning, Crystl Bustos hit a solo home run and Brundage hit hersecond home run of the game, a three-run homer to close out thescoring. Bustos leads USA Gold with four home runs in the tournament.
Michele Smith struck out 10 and allowed two hits in four inningsof work. Lori Harrigan retired the side in order in the fifth.USA Gold improved to 5-0 in the tournament.
USA Blue also remained unbeaten, scoring all of its four runsin the first inning to defeat Illinois Hits 4-0. Sarah Dawsonpitched a complete game two-hitter to extend USA Blue's shutoutstreak to 26 consecutive innings.
USA Blue gave Dawson all the runs she needed in the first inningas Nina Lindenberg and Kelly Kretschman connected on RBI-singlesand Lisa Carey brought them both home with a two-run single. Careywent 3-for-4, while Lindenberg and Kretschman finished with twohits apiece.
Dawson recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed only four baserunners,two of whom were thrown out attempting to steal second by catcherAmber Burgess. USA Blue improves to 4-0. USA Blue and USA Goldare the only remaining undefeated teams in the tournament.
USA Blue plays two games today (Wednesday) as it faces theNJCAA Team in the morning and takes on Australia in the evening.USA Gold faces Team Texas this afternoon.
Fifteen teams are competing in this year's Canada Cup. Theteams are divided into two divisions and pool play continues throughThursday. The top four teams from each division advance to double-eliminationplayoff rounds beginning Friday. The championship game is scheduledfor Sunday afternoon.
For boxscores and a complete schedule of remaining games, visitthe ASA Canada Cup Home Page athttp://www.softball.org/99CanadaCup/99CanadaCuphomepage.html.