Stanford Freshmen Help U.S. To Victory At Junior Pan American Championship

Nov. 20, 2006

Maunabo, Puerto Rico - With a perfect 10-0 record, the United States Softball Junior Women's National Team won the 2006 Junior Women's Pan American Championship with a 7-0 victory over hometown favorite Puerto Rico in the championship game on Sunday.

The win clinches the top spot from the Pan American Region for the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), which will take place next year in Kutno, Poland.

Two Stanford freshmen, Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill were members of the United States team. In the victory over Puerto Rico, Haber started at first base and went 1-for-2 with one rbi. Neill was a defensive replacement late in the game and also drew a walk.

The United States was impressive offensively during the entire tournament collecting 127 hits in 46 innings for a .529 batting average. Haber played in nine games and started eight. Haber hit .500 (11-for-22) with eight runs scored, three doubles, one triple and eight rbi. Haber also drew three walks, stole two bases in two attempts and recorded 14 putouts. Neill started six of seven games played, and hit .333 (5-for-15) with nine runs scored, five rbi, one triple, one home run, four walks and 32 putouts.

Stanford head coach John Rittman was an assistant coach and helped lead the United States Senior National Team to a perfect season with a 7-0 win over Japan in the finals of the Japan Cup in Yokohama on Sunday. The U.S. secured their third tournament title of the year. One of the team's top members was former Stanford All-American Jessica Mendoza.

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