Team USA Wins Canada Cup, Watley Named MVP

July 13, 2009

Surrey, B.C. - The USA Softball Women's National Team posted a perfect 12-0 record to claim the Canada Cup, held in Surrey, British Columbia from July 4-12. Former Bruins Andrea Duran and Natasha Watley starred on the team, with Watley earning Canada Cup MVP and Offensive MVP honors.

Watley hit .548 during the tournament, producing 17 hits in 31 at-bats. She led the team with 14 runs batted in and tied for the team lead with 11 runs scored, adding two doubles, a home run and a pair of stolen bases. Watley had hits in all 11 games, with five multiple-hit affairs, including a three-hit contest in the title matchup against Canada. Twelve of her 14 RBI came in the first six games of the tournament, including a pair of three-RBI efforts.

Duran was the lone American to play in all 12 games, starting 11. She was fifth on the team with eight RBI, going 6-for-29 (.207). Five of her six hits went for extra bases, with two doubles, two triples and a home run. She was also flawless in the field defensively with no errors in 27 chances.

Duran and Watley next play in the KFC World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (July 16-20). Team USA's summer schedule continues with a pair of concurrent tournaments starting at the end of this month. Watley heads the squad that takes part in the Japan Cup in Sendai, Japan (July 31-Aug. 2), while Duran will play at the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela (July 31-Aug. 9). Joining Duran on that team will be current Bruins Megan Langenfeld and Katie Schroeder.

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