Bruins Lead Team USA at 1st World University Games

Oct. 29, 2004

PLANT CITY, Fla. - Team USA has advanced to championship play at the 1st World University Games in Plant City, Fla. As the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, the U.S. will battle No. 1 seed Chinese Taipei (6-1) at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Stadium Field. The lone loss for the U.S. was to Chinese Taipei earlier in the week in a 3-2 defeat.

'The team is definitely excited to play Chinese Taipei tomorrow,' said Miller. 'After losing to them, I think they have a revenge factor. They know they can beat them and want to prove it.'

The following is a brief recap of Team USA's pool play games:

USA 2, Australia 1
The U.S. slipped by Australia 2-1 in game one after a bottom of the seventh one-run rally for the Aussies threatened the game. Winning pitcher Kami Keiter captured the win for the U.S. in her national team debut. The left-handed ace went 6 1/3 innings allowing no runs, five hits and six strikeouts. Alicia Hollowell recorded the save allowing one run in the seventh. Right fielder Dean, batting .417, contributed a 2-for-3 outing for the game.

A turn around effort from day one, the U.S. bats opened early to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against the Aussies. A lead off walk to third baseman Vicky Galindo (Union City, CA) followed by a stolen base put speedster Galindo in scoring position with just one out. Andrea Duran then singled through the right side advancing Galindo to third. A stolen base by Duran put two runners in scoring position as Sara Dean knocked in her third RBI of the tournament to give the U.S. the 1-0 lead.

The sluggish bats of the U.S returned, however, as Aussie pitcher Catherine Bishop held the U.S. from the second to the sixth inning allowing just one hit from U.S. catcher Heather Scaglione (San Diego, CA). Australia saw just two runners in scoring position through five innings with one in the first after a pair of base hits and another in the fourth off a USA fielding error.

The U.S. offense struck again in the sixth as it was the top of the order again who produced the insurance run. Taking a 2-0 lead, Galindo led the inning with a walk followed by a Norrelle Dickson sacrifice bunt to advance. Another walk to Duran put runners on board for top hitter Dean who smacked another RBI single through the left side scoring Galindo.

Just three outs from the win, the U.S. battled an Australian rally in the seventh after a base hit and a sacrifice bunt put Aussie Kym Turnell in scoring position. Another single through the right side then put the winning run at the plate threatening the U.S. victory.

Calling on Hollowell from the bullpen, Australia would score one run on a fielder's choice, but workhorse Hollowell shut down the Aussie's hopes with back-to-back strikeouts to win the game.

USA 2, Netherlands 0
Game two took similar shape to game one as the U.S. slipped by the Netherlands in a 2-0 victory. A 2-for-2 performance for designated player Dickson, winning pitcher Harre allowed just four hits in the win retiring six batters via the strikeout. Monica Abbott recorded the save entering in the seventh inning closing the game with two strikeouts.

An offensive drought once again, both teams struggled through the first four innings as the Red, White and Blue left four runners stranded and connected on just one hit.

Shortstop Jodie Legaspi changed the tide in the fifth blasting a 1-1 pitch just over the left field fence contributing the first U.S. home run of the tournament. Followed by a single and stolen base from Catalina Morris, who went 2-for-3, Team USA later pushed a second run across after a sacrifice fly out from Duran.

Holding the 2-0 advantage, it was déjà vu as the Netherlands mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. A fielding error and single put the U.S. in danger, but relief pitcher Abbott completed the job giving the U.S. its second victory of the day.

USA 2, Canada 0
Two runs was all the U.S. needed once again as they captured their fourth win of the 1st World University Softball Championship with a 2-0 defeat over Canada. Winning pitcher Hollowell dominated the game allowing just two hits with 17 strikeouts while third baseman Vicky Galindo (Union City, CA) turned on her offense knocking out a 3-for-3 outing with one RBI.

Beginning the day with an early 9 a.m. start, Hollowell was on fire retiring the first seven Canadian batters via the strikeout. Moving the ball around every corner of the plate, the 6'2' right handed pitcher earned her second victory of the tournament as the U.S. improved to 4-1.

After leaving a Caitlin Benyi base hit stranded in the first, the U.S. finally starting swinging the bats in the second inning recording two runs on three hits.

A lead off base on balls to Sara Dean, Vicky Galindo soon sent Dean to home driving a 3-2 pitch to right field for a triple. Her first RBI of the tournament, Galindo also scored thanks to a Heather Scaglione rip up the middle for the 2-0 lead.

A couple hits in the bottom of the third from Andrea Duran and Galindo looked to add a run for the U.S., but the arm and defensive skills of Canadian centerfielder Janiva Wylie ended the U.S. drive.

Hollowell stifled the Canadian offense throughout the entire game as they failed to put a runner in scoring position.

USA 3, China 0
The dismal offensive spell returned for the U.S. against China in game two, but it was the timely hitting of Dean who capitalized on a bases loaded opportunity in the sixth to give the U.S. the 3-0 win.

On the defensive side, Abbott controlled the game tossing a one-hit performance through seven innings with 11 strikeouts.

Slow through the first five, the U.S. connected on just two hits from Dean and Jodie Legaspi but never saw a runner in scoring position.

In need of some momentum, the U.S. came out firing in the sixth and took home the win. A one out Benyi single through the left side followed by a stolen base put the first runner in place before a walk to Norrelle Dickson (Orange, CA) juiced the U.S. to score. Duran then drove a single to right field to load the bags before slugger Dean came up huge with the game winning triple.

USA 12, Guatemala 0
The bats of the Red, White and Blue finally came alive on Friday morning as the U.S. Elite Team defeated Guatemala 12-0 to finish round robin play at 6-1.

Starting pitcher Kami Keiter combined with winning pitcher Amy Harre for a perfect game from the circle, while seven of the nine U.S. batters contributed a hit in the contest.

A much needed breakthrough, Team USA batted through the line-up combining for 12 runs in the first inning off of 10 hits, five of which were extra base hits.

A lead-off double from Caitlin Benyi (Scottsdale, AZ, UCLA) jump started the U.S. followed by a Norrelle Dickson bunt base hit to advance Benyi to third. Andrea Duran (Selma, CA, UCLA) cleared the bases with a chopper up the middle before the power of Sara Dean rocked her second triple of the tournament to right center for a 3-0 lead.

With one out, the offensive rush continued as Heather Scaglione and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, CA, UCLA) connected on RBI singles for the 5-0 lead. A triple from Kristie Fox pushed Scaglione across before back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Dickson. A sacrifice fly to centerfield moved the U.S. into a solid 7-0 advantage with one out.

An error by the Guatemalan centerfielder soon added two runs before another RBI hit from Dean increased the lead to 10 runs. Seeing three Guatemala pitchers in the inning, the U.S. added two more runs after Scaglione collected an RBI double and Fox contributed her second RBI hit of the inning.

The hot bats of the U.S. failed to return, however, as Guatemala bounced back shutting down the U.S. the rest of the game with nine consecutive outs.

A perfect outing from the circle, Keiter completed two innings with three strikeouts before Harre closed the last three innings, capturing the win, with three strikeouts.

Dean, Scaglione and Fox each contributed two hits in the victory.