Lisa Fernandez Pitches No-Hitter as Americans Win U.S. Cup
June 23, 2003
HONOLULU, HI - Back-to-back no-hitters by the USA pitching staff propelled the USA to a 6-0 win over Canada in the gold medal game of the 2003 U.S. Cup Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA/UCLA) accomplished the feat on Sunday in the gold medal game. Jennie Finch (LaMirada, CA) tossed a six inning no-hitter against Canada in the final game of pool play on Saturday night
The USA hitters, which have been red hot throughout the tournament, were stymied for three innings mustering only three hits. That all changed in the fourth inning when Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) led off with a double to center field to start the rally. Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA/UCLA) then reached when Canada's Angela Lichty made an errant throw to first. With runners on the corners Fernandez helped her cause with a sacrifice fly to score Bustos and the 1-0 advantage. Tairia Mims (Tucson, AZ/UCLA), who hit .462 in the tournament, upped the USA lead to 3-0 with a double to centerfield to score Lindenberg and Jamie Clark, who was pinch running for Nuveman.
The hitting barrage continued in the top of the fifth inning when Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) led off with a double to left center and Leah O'Brien-Amico ( Chino Hills , CA ) reached on a fielding error by Canada 's Cindy Eadie that allowed Mendoza to score. Bustos, who finished the tournament second in hitting (.619), ripped a single up the middle moving Amico to third, while reaching second on a fielding error from centerfielder Rachel Schill. Nuveman then walked to load the bases for Mims who blasted her second double of the tournament deep into left field scoring Bustos and Amico for a 6-0 U.S. lead.
Tairia Mims, who finished the game 2-for-3, was just one of seven U.S. hitters who topped the overall batting statistics for the U.S. Cup. Bustos led all hitters in the gold medal game showing remarkable finesse at the plate contributing four hits in four at bats. She was 13-for-21 on the weekend.
This marks the third consecutive year the USA has captured the U.S. Cup. The team will return to action July 5 in Surrey, B.C. at the Canada Cup looking to defend their 2002 title. Games begin on July 5 through July 11 with round robin pool play action, before the playoffs July 12-13. For a complete game schedule of the 2003 Canada Cup log on to www.usasoftball.com.