Team USA Update: The U.S. Finishes Pool Play Undefeated
June 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -- The United States Women's Softball National Team, led by Stanford alums Alissa Haber, Lauren Lappin, Jessica Mendoza and current Cardinal Ashley Hansen, have completed pool play with a perfect 7-0 record at the ISF Women's Softball World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. downed the Dominican Republic, 10-1, Monday evening and the Czech Republic, 9-0, Tuesday afternoon.
The U.S. will open medal rounds on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., a game that will be webcast at http://www.vtv.gov.ve/envivo.html, with the opponent still yet to be determined, but the likely opponent will be Canada.
The U.S. saw a familiar face was in the Domincan Republic dugout, former Cardinal ace Missy Penna. However, the U.S. bats proved to be too powerful for the Dominicans. Haber and Mendoza each registered extra-base hits for the Americans. Haber was 2-3 with a double and a triple, while Mendoza added a triple in the game.
Against the Czech Republic, Haber once again led the squad with a three-run double. Through the team's first seven games at the World Championships, Haber is pacing the U.S. with a .750 batting average, 12 hits, including six doubles, and 16 RBI. Her 16 RBI ties Mendoza's mark at the 2006 World Championships.
Should the U.S. face Canada next, it is 8-0 against the Canadians in World Championship play. Canada has only scored two runs on the U.S., one in 1986 and one in the inaugural meeting in 1970. The last loss against Canada was last year at the 2009 Pan American Qualifier, a 1-3 loss in pool play. The United States came back to defeat Canada with their own 3-1 victory to take home the title.
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