Duran, Watley on the Offensive as USA Wins KFC World Cup of Softball

July 21, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - The USA Softball Women's National Team won the gold medal at the KFC World Cup of Softball (July 16-20) thanks in part to the outstanding offensive performances by UCLA alums Andrea Duran and Natasha Watley.

Duran hit .615 with eight hits in 13 at-bats. She drove in eight runs, scored five times, hit a pair of homers, drew three walks and stole a base. Watley batted .500 (8-for-16) with seven runs scored, six runs batted in, six stolen bases, a home run and two walks.

Watley had hits in five of the six games, while Duran in five starts posted hits in four of them. Both players had an RBI in a 12-0 win over Italy on July 17 and then showed their power a day later during a doubleheader against Canada and Japan. Against the neighbors to the north, Duran hit a three-run bomb and Watley belted a grand slam in Team USA's 15-0 romp. The same evening against the top-ranked team in the world and the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, Duran connected on her second home run of the day, a two-run shot, in a 6-1 win. Duran added single RBI on July 19 against Australia and the gold-medal game against the Aussies on July 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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