Absolute Perfection

Aug. 17, 2008

BEIJING -- A perfect game from Monica Abbott and 13 hits off of American bats propelled the U.S. to an 8-0 five-inning run-ruling of the Netherlands on Sunday evening in the capital city.

Team USA needed only 70 minutes to run-rule their fourth opponent of these Olympic games. Monica Abbott (2-0) has only allowed one hit in three appearances. She tallied nine strikeouts through five innings.

The United States scored in every inning and Crystl Bustos, Jessica Mendoza and Tucson native Tairia Flowers each homered as they extended their Olympic winning streak to 20 games while upping their record to 6-0 at these games.

In these Olympics, they have outscored the competition 44-1, much like four years ago when they allowed only one run while posting 51.

Bustos got things started in the first when she singled in former Wildcat Caitlin Lowe from second. An inning later, Flowers went yard followed by an RBI single courtesy of Natasha Watley to extend the score to 3-0 after two.

In the third, Crystal Bustos had her 12th career Olympic smash, and Lovieanne Jung and Laura Berg each had RBI singles to make it 6-0.

The U.S. made it 7-0 in their final at-bats when Jessica Mendoza hit a moon shot, followed by a Vicky Galindo RBI single.

Abbott struck out the side in the fifth to preserve the perfect game.

Lowe finished the game 0-3 with two fielder's choices and a run scored. Jung went 1-2 with an RBI.

Up Next: Team USA will take on the host nation China at 9 p.m. Sunday night (Tucson time). A sellout crowd of 10,000 is expected at Fengtai Softball Field. Check your local listings for television coverage in your area.

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