USA in Championship Game at World Cup

July 20, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Arizona alum Jennie Finch tossed five innings of two-hit ball and struck out eight as the U.S. National Team continued its dominating summer performance, downing Australia 8-0 in five innings on Sunday.

Team USA will take on the same Australia team Monday at 6 p.m. in the Championship game.

Former Wildcat Caitlin Lowe went 2-for-3 at the dish, including a one-out triple that sparked a six-run third inning for the Americans.

After Lowe's triple, Natasha Watley reached on fielder error by third baseman Clare Warwick and would later steal second. Australia chose to load up the bases with an intentional walk to Cochran. Alissa Haber was hit by a pitch for an RBI to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. The score would go to 3-0 when Andrea Duran was walked for an RBI. This brought up an Australian pitching change when Kaia Parnaby removed Aimee Murch from the pitching circle. With a 1-1 count, Hansen hit a homerun to right field to put the game out of reach at 7-0.

Australia brought in pitcher Jocelyn McCallum in the fifth and again the first USA batter the Aussies faced took the ball over the fence. Haber hit a solo shot to centerfield for the needed run to end the game in five innings.

Information from usasoftball.com was used in this release

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