USA Softball Blue and Red Teams Split Doubleheader
June 19, 2001
Spokane, Wash. - USA Red used timely hitting by 2000 Olympic gold medalistStacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA) to secure a 2-1 win over USA Blue in theopening game of a doubleheader on Sunday at Franklin Park in Spokane, WA.
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) led off the bottom of the third inning witha single through the right side, stole second and scored on a single byAmanda Freed (Cypress, CA) to give USA Red an early 1-0 lead.
USA Blue responded in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by NinaLindenberg (Anaheim Hills, CA) to even the score at 1-1.
Back-to-back singles by Lindsay Gardner (Katy, TX) and Natasha Watley(Irvine, CA) put runners in scoring position for Nuveman who delivered withan RBI single up the middle to give USA Red a 2-1 victory.
Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, CA), who was credited with the win, allowed onlyone run on four hits while striking out three. Catherine Osterman (Houston,TX) picked up her first save of the tour pitching three shutout inningswhile striking out six of the 12 batters she faced. Courtney Dale (Fresno,CA) was credited with the loss.
In game two, USA Blue used late inning heroics by Kim DePaul (Houston, TX)to come from behind and defeat USA Red in the final game of a double headerin Spokane, WA. USA Red looked as if it was in total control after scoringfive runs in the first three innings but a gutsy USA Blue squad would not bedenied.
USA Red took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Nicole Giordano(Saugus, CA) singled through the left side and scored on a home run to deepleft field by Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA).
USA Blue responded with a single run in the bottom of the second when NinaLindenberg (Anaheim Hills, CA) launched her second home run of the day downthe left field line to close the gap to 2-1.
USA Red increased its lead to 5-1 in the top of the third inning. JessicaMendoza (Camarillo, CA) led off with a walk and stole second base. Nuvemanwas then walked, her eighth of the tour. After a ground out, Tairia Mims(Tucson, AZ) singled to right field to score Mendoza. An error by the rightfielder allowed Nuveman to score and Mims to advance to third. LindseyCollins (Fountain Valley, CA) drove in the final run of the inning with asingle to shortstop that plated Mims.
With time winding down due to early flight plans the USA Blue went to workin the bottom of the fourth inning. Amy Chellevold (Tucson, AZ) led off witha single to center and scored on a home run to deep left field by JaimeClark (Tustin, CA). Lindenberg kept the rally alive with a single throughthe left side. Nichole Thompson (Irvine, CA) entered the game to run forLindenberg and advanced to second when Courtney Dale (Fresno, CA) reached onan error.
With only minutes to spare before the game would be called due to the flightplans, Kim DePaul (Houston, TX) launched a 2-1 pitch over the left fieldfence to give USA Blue a 6-5 come from behind win.
Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, CA) picked up the win allowing four earned runs onsix hits. Kirsten Voak (Fremont, CA) was saddled with the loss afterallowing five earned runs on five hits.
Nuveman led the USA Red at the plate going 2-for-2 with a home run and twoRBI. For the tour, she is 6-for-7 (.857) with a double, two home runs, sevenRBI and eight walks.
Lindenberg has provided the offensive spark for USA Blue on the tour going5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and three RBI.
The USA Softball Shootout is tied at 2-2 and will pick up in Sacramento, CAon June 14.
For boxscores and more information, please visit www.softball.org
courtesy of USA Softball
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