USA Softball Declared Pan-Am Games Champion

July 29, 2007

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Team USA softball won its sixth straight Pan American Championship gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, outscoring its opponents 28-0 en route to its third title of the summer. The U.S. also claimed gold medals in the Canada Cup and KFC World Cup of Softball earlier this month.

It was a unique victory for Team USA, with rain causing havoc during the entire tournament. The U.S. played just four games, with the championship contest against Venezuela getting canceled because of inclement weather. The competition committee declared the U.S. squad champions following the title game rainout.

Andrea Duran had an outstanding tournament, recording a team-high eight runs batted in and going 5-for-10 (.500). Picking up hits in all four games, her biggest one came in a 4-0 win over Colombia, driving in all four runs on a grand slam.

Natasha Watley had four hits in 10 at-bats for a .400 average, including a three-hit effort against Cuba. She scored five runs during the tournament, also driving in a run.

Tairia Mims Flowers appeared in just one contest, going 0-for-2 with a walk. But she still had an amazing summer at the dish, leading the team in the three tournaments with a .543 (19-for-35) average with 22 RBI and six home runs. She also had a grand slam at the World Cup and was named Canada Cup MVP.

Next up for Team USA is the Women's Olympic Team Selection Camp, set for Sept. 10-14 in Chula Vista, Calif.

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