UCLA's Tairia Mims Homers to Give USA Red a 4-3 Win Over Chinese Taipei at Canada Cup

July 3, 2001

Surrey, B.C., Canada -

USA Red battles back for 4-3 win over Chinese Taipei

Just when its game against Chinese Taipei seemed to be slipping away, USA Red righted itself and pulled out a dramatic 4-3 victory Monday night at the Canada Cup.

Tairia Mims (Tucson, AZ) delivered a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to complete the rally, which started earlier that inning with the U.S. down 3-0. USA Red remains unbeaten with a 4-0 mark at the tournament. Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) started the surge with a lead off single up the middle and then stole second base. Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) laced a double to center that scored Watley, and Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, CA) then a drew a walk. One batter later, Mims launched her crushing blow.

Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, CA), coming in for relief of starter Catherine Osterman (Houston, TX), had a one-two-three seventh to secure the save. Osterman, who picked up the win, gave up six hits while striking out ten. She didn't issue a walk and two of the runs she gave up were unearned.

Chinese Taipei kept chipping away offensively, lead-off singles in the second, third and fourth innings kept the U.S. defense on the ready, and finally broke through in the sixth.

After an error inside the pitching circle put the lead-off runner on base, Ya-Fen Wang hit a one-out home run to left field to spot her team a 2-0 lead. A two-out single to left, followed by an error on the play in the outfield, allowed the other Chinese Taipei run to score. Wang finished the game with two hits, as did teammate Feng-Jing Chen. Watley had a pair of hits for the Red squad.

Prior to its sixth-inning outburst, USA Red put itself on the threshold of scoring on several occasions. Watley worked her way into scoring position in the first and third innings, and it looked as if Lovieanne Jung (Westminster, CA) was going to deliver a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, but Chinese Taipei right fielder Mei-Ya Liao stuck her glove over the fence to make the snag.

USA Red's next game is Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (EST) against Olympic bronze medalist Australia. For the best coverage of the USA Softball Women's National Teams, check out www.usasoftball.com. Complete box scores, game stories and live scoring from the Canada Cup are available.

USA Red posts another shutout at Canada Cup, wins 10-0 over Venezuela

Surrey, B.C., Canada -- USA Red posted its third straight shutout at the Canada Cup, cruising past Venezuela 10-0 in four innings Monday afternoon.

A home run derby in the fourth inning put the game away via the run-rule, as the Red team improved to 3-0. In that display of long ball power, Trena Peel (Aurora, CO) and Lindsay Gardner (Katy, TX) each hit two-run homers, while Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) added a solo shot. Peel's homer scored Lovieanne Jung (Westminster, CA), Who had singled, while Gardner's home run plated Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA), who also singled. Freed's homer, which was deep to center field, came immediately after Gardner's left field shot.

Kirsten Voak (Fremont, CA) picked up the win after working the full four innings. Her final pitching line was three hits and nine strikeouts, including striking out the side in the top of the fourth. She did not issue a walk.

Freed roped a two-run single off the left field fence to initiate the game's scoring in the bottom of the first, as both Nicole Giordano (Saugus, CA) and Mendoza scored on the play. Mendoza, who had doubled earlier in the frame, finished the game with a team-high three hits, while Giordano joined Gardner and Freed with two hits each.

In the bottom of the second, USA Red tacked on three more runs. Giordano delivered an RBI-single to score Michelle Gates (Chowchilla, CA), while a bit of baserunning prowess, combined with a lackadaisical defense, allowed Mendoza and Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) free reign on the basepaths. With one out and Mendoza on first and Watley on third, Mendoza stole second, allowing Watley to score on the throw down to the bag. Venezuela's attempt to get Watley at the plate was unsuccessful, and as the ball lay just a few feet from home, Mendoza continued to circle the bases, eventually scoring.

Venezuela did manage to put runners on second and third in the second inning, using two singles and a wild pitch, but Voak and the USA Red defense were able to preserve the shutout.

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