Former Bruins Make It Back-to-Back World Cup Titles

July 17, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The USA Softball Women's National Team completed an undefeated tournament to win the World Cup of Softball for the second consecutive year. Former Bruins Natasha Watley, Tairia (Mims) Flowers and Andrea Duran starred on the team that outscored its opponents 40-2 during the six-game tournament.

Watley was a catalyst at the No. 2 spot in the USA lineup, going 9-for-17 (.529) for the tournament with six runs scored, three runs batted in and a home run. UCLA's all-time leader in stolen bases and triples used her speed to spark the U.S. attack, stealing three bases and belting two triples in the first game of the tournament against Venezuela on Thursday.

Flowers tied a World Cup of Softball record with three home runs. Her first came in grand fashion against China on Friday with a bases-loaded home run. She also homered in the Cup clinching victory over Japan on Monday. Flowers, the MVP of the Canada Cup which occurred one week prior to the World Cup, finished the tournament 6-for-13 (.462) with 11 runs batted in and four runs scored.

Duran started at third base in three of the six contests, also appearing once as a pinch-runner. She had two hits in 10 at-bats, driving in a run in an 8-0 romp of China on Friday.

The U.S. National Team heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2007 Pan American Games (July 17-30). The team is looking to capture its sixth consecutive gold medal at the Pan Am Games.

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