USA Softball Beats Australia 3-0 At U.S. Cup; Plays for Gold

June 25, 2001

Honolulu, Hawaii - Team USA found the long-lost long ball and got solidpitching as it blanked Australia 3-0 Saturday at the U.S. Cup at Universityof Hawaii's Wahine Softball Stadium. USA Softball concluded the round-robinportion of the tournament as the only unbeaten team, posting a 3-0 mark,while Australia is in the exact opposite situation, as it is the only teamto exit the round-robin without a win at 0-3.

The United States will face China in Sunday's gold medal game, which isscheduled for 9 p.m. (EST). Australia will challenge Japan in the bronzemedal game, which starts at 7 p.m. (EST).

Tairia Mims (Tucson, AZ) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) both hit solohome runs as the U.S. offense posted eight hits. Mims alone was responsiblefor three of those hits, as she also singled in the second and sixthinnings.

Mims' second-inning single eventually led to the game's first run, as shemoved to second on an error in the outfield on her hit and later scored onsingle back up the middle from Lizzy Lemire (Irvine, CA).

Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) pitched a complete game for USA Softball,allowing three hits while striking out 12 and walking one. Two of the hitsshe allowed came in the first, singles to Kerry Wyborn - who had two hits onthe day - and Natalie Ward. Freed settled down tremendously after theinitial frame, setting the side down in order four of the next six innings,including retiring the game's final 10 batters. She closed out the game bystriking out the final five batters she faced.

Australia's starting pitcher, Zara Mee, struck out the first four U.S.batters of the game before Mims started the second inning scoring rush. Mee,saddled with the loss, worked the game's first three innings, allowing fivehits and one run while striking out six, before giving way to Kelly Gentle.Gentle closed out the final three innings, giving up three hits and two runswhile striking out five.

Mims hit her home run to left field in the fourth to make the lead 2-0,while Mendoza roped her shot to center field in the fifth inning. For theU.S., it was the first home runs of the tournament.

Other players collecting hits for the U.S. were Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA),Nicole Giordano (Saugus, CA) and Lindsey Collins (Fountain Valley, CA).

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