USA Red, USA Blue Remain Undefeated at Canada Cup

July 2, 2001

Surrey, B.C., Canada -

USA Blue improves to 2-0 at Canada Cup

Surrey, B.C., Canada---USA Blue improved to 2-0 at the Canada Cup with a 9-1 win over the Czech Republic Sunday afternoon.

Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, KS) and Nina Lindenberg (Anaheim Hills, CA) each had home runs, as the seasoned U.S. offense took advantage of inexperienced Czech pitching.

Blue scored three runs in bottom of the first, one run in the second and third innings and piled on four in the bottom of the fourth to close out the game via the mercy-rule.

The Czech Republic scored its run in the top of the second, when Eliska Pojenova doubled and later scored on two wild pitches from U.S. starter Courtney Dale (Fresno, CA).

Dale got the win, working four innings before giving way to Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, CA) for the final frame. Dale gave up four hits and one earned run, striking out three. Bollinger struck out two during her one hitless inning of relief.

In the bottom of the first, Lauren Bauer (Santa Ana, CA) chopped a lead-off single over third base, stole second and scored on a double from Jenny Topping (Whittier, CA). Topping was driven home on a double from Jaime Clark (Tustin, CA), and Clark scored on a dropped fly ball in center field.

Myers hit a lead-off home run in the second and Lindenberg hit her home run to start the third, making the score 5-1.

The four-run fourth inning was fueled by five walks from the Czech relief pitcher, an error and a two-run single to center from Clark.

USA Blue continues Canada Cup action tonight, facing host Canada at 10 p.m.(EST).

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USA Red defeats Canada Development in five innings

Surrey, B.C., Canada---Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) threw a one-hitter and gotplenty of offensive support as USA Red posted a 7-0, five-inning victory over the Canadian Development Team Sunday night at the Canada Cup.

Freed, who needed just four pitches to retire the side in the top of the first inning, finished the game with four strikeouts and three walks. Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) and Toni Mascarenas (Garden Grove, CA) each had two hits for the U.S., which improved to 2-0 at the tournament.

One of Mendoza's hits was a deep home run to center to lead-off the bottom of the fifth. Mendoza's other hit was a first-inning, RBI-single through the right side of the infield that scored Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) for the first run of the game. Watley started the frame by hitting a single back up the middle of the diamond.

The Red squad added another run in the bottom of the third after Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, CA) hit a double to right field and Tairia Mims (Tucson, AZ) later singled to left to plate Trena Peel (Aurora, CO), who was pinch-running for Nuveman.

An RBI-single from Lizzy Lemire (Irvine, CA) scored Mascarenas in the bottomof the fourth, pushing the U.S. advantage to 3-0. The four-run fifth, highlighted by Mendoza's homer, put the wraps on the game. Peel followed Mendoza with a double to left and moved to third on an error before scoring on a single from Freed. Lindsay Gardner (Katy, TX) drew a walk, and she and Freed eventually scored the final runs of the game on a hit from Mascarenas.

The Canadian squad put together its best offensive showing in the top of the fifth, when a walk and a single started the inning. Freed was able to force two groundouts before issuing another walk to load the bases, but she then recorded a strikeout to end the threat.

USA Red will continue action at the 2001 Canada Cup tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST versus Venezuela. For complete Canada Cup coverage of both the USA Red and USA Blue teams, including live play-by-play action of the games, log on to

USA Blue holds off Canada for 6-3 win at 2001 Canada Cup

Surrey, B.C., Canada---USA Blue used power hitting and solid defense to defeat Canada 6-3 at the 2001 Canada Cup in front of a record home crowd of over 7,000 fans.

In the first inning, Lauren Bauer (Santa Ana, CA) continued her red hot streak at the plate for USA Blue with a lead-off single to leftfield. With two outs, Bauer stole second and scored on a single to centerfield to give the USA an early 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back home runs by Kim DePaul (Houston, TX and Toria Auelua (Garden Grove, CA) in the bottom of the second inning stretched the USA lead to 3-0. Team Canada battled back in the bottom of the third. Kristy Odamura led off with a single to shortstop and advanced to third on a double by Sommer West.

With runners at second and third, Britni Sneed (Houston, TX) entered the game in relief of USA starter Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, CA) to try and cull the Canada rally. Following a strikeout, Sandy Newsham plated the first run of the game for Canada with a single up the middle. With two outs, West crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Sneed to reduce the USA lead to 3-2.

Canada tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Odamura led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a single by West and scored on a passed ball.

USA Blue took control of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, KS) reached on a fielding error and advanced to third on a single by Nicole Thompson (Irvine, CA). Jenny Topping (Whittier, CA) then cleared the bases with a towering shot to deep right field to give the USA a comfortable 6-3 advantage.

Topping was the only USA player to record multiple hits and multiple RBI on the night. Six other players posted hits for the USA. USA Blue will return to action tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. EST against Chinese Taipei.

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