USA Red Crushes Shanghai At Canada Cup

July 6, 2001

Surrey, B.C., Canada - USA Red scored two runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to an 11-0 mercy rule five-inning victory over Shanghai China in its opening game of the Canada Cup.

Nicole Girodano (Saugus, CA) opened the USA offensive attack in the firstwith an infield single, stole second and scored on a double by JessicaMendoza (Camarillo, CA). Stacey Nuveman's (La Verne, CA) double to centerfield plated Mendoza to give the USA a 2-0 lead.

The USA pushed across a single run in the second inning when Lindsay Gardner(Katy, TX) walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error by theShanghai pitcher on a ground ball from Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA).

After being set down in order in the third, USA Red exploded for four runsin the fourth and four in the fifth to secure the mercy-rule victory.

In the fourth, Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) led off with a double down theleft field line and scored on a single by Tairia Mims (Tucson, AZ). ToniMascarenas (Garden Grove, CA) continued the scoring barrage with a home runto left center that plated Mims. The final run of the inning came when TrenaPeel (Aurora, CO), who was pinch-running for Lovieanne Jung (Westminster,CA) after a walk, was sacrificed to second by Gardner and scored on aninfield single by Watley.

Shanghai's only threat of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when QiuHaitau singled to left field to break up the perfect game, and Wang Jingadded a two-out single through the left side, but both were left stranded.

USA Red continued to show its offensive prowess in the fifth with a lead-offhome run by Freed. With one out, Michelle Gates (Chowchilla, CA) singled upthe middle, Peel walked and both advanced to second on a passed ball. Gatesscored on a single by Watley, while Peel advanced to third. Lizzy Lemire(Irvine, CA) drove in the final two runs of the game with a double throughthe left side that scored Peel and Watley.

Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, CA) pitched the complete game shutout allowingonly two hits while striking out 11 and walking only one.

A total of nine USA Red players recorded hits, while Watley, Giordano andFreed each recorded multiple hits. Watley, Lemire and Mascarenas each drovein two runs during the win.

USA Red continues Canada Cup competition tomorrow at 10 p.m. (EST) versusthe Canada Development Team.

courtesy of USA Softball

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