Dana Sorensen No-Hits Taipei To Lead The USA Elite Team

July 27, 2005

Madrid, Spain - Former Stanford All-American Dana Sorensen (San Diego, Calif.) led the USA Elite Team into the championship game of the Intercontinental Cup by tossing a no-hitter against top seed Chinese Taipei in the opening round of the playoffs. The 4-0 win advances the U.S. into the finals on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. CST versus the winner of Chinese Taipei/Italy.

'You could tell this team was on a mission as soon as they stepped off the bus,' said head coach Teresa Wilson. 'Dana did a great job of stepping up and leading today from the circle and the offense gave her the support she needed.'

Held scoreless through four innings, the U.S. used consecutive singles by Marissa Nichols (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Catalina Morris (Sonoita, Ariz.) to swing the momentum in its favor. A pinch-hit single by Heather Scaglione (San Diego, Calif.) loaded the bases for U.S. slugger Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill.) who delivered a single to left field that plated two runs.

With Sorensen cruising in the circle, the U.S. offense added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif.) led off with a single to left field and moved into scoring position by stealing second base. A double by Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich.) scored Giordano and a single by Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored Merchant for a 4-0 lead.

Sorensen closed out the seventh retiring the side to record the first no-hitter in Intercontinental Cup history. She dominated versus the World bronze medalist, striking out 13 while walking only two. The win improves her record to 2-0 at the Intercontinental Cup and leaves the U.S. just one win away from the title.

'I was able to work ahead of almost every batter today and that helped to keep them off balance,' Sorensen said. 'I knew we would eventually score so I was just trying to remain focused on keeping them off base until we did. It's always easier to pitch when you have a couple of runs on the board.'

The U.S., who was held to just six hits offensively and committed three errors on defense yesterday, connected for a dozen hits today while committing no errors. Vandergeest, who is leading the U.S. with a .600 batting average and eight RBI, was 2-for-4 in the game. Giordano and Nichols also contributed two hits in the winning effort.

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