Consecutive No-No's Fuel USA Softball
Aug. 12, 2008
BEIJING -- One day after making Olympic history, Team USA once again displayed their pitching prowess in another no-hit, shutout victory over a tough opponent in Australia, 3-0.
Cat Osterman (1-0) pitched all seven innings of the contest, surrendering three walks while striking out 13. The University of Texas graduate struck out the side twice, and sat the Australians down in order from the fourth inning on in their second game at the 2008 Olympic Games, no-hitting the opponent for the second day in a row.
Far from the record-breaking offensive output of yesterday, Tanya Harding (0-1) held the U.S. to just three runs on four hits while striking out four and walking three. But an RBI single by Natasha Watley and a two-run jack by Crystl Bustos lit the scoreboard for the only runs of the match.
The first four innings saw the U.S. place a total four runners on, but Harding wiggled her way out of every jam, including inducing an around the horn double play in the first inning. Osterman allowed two baserunners in both the first and third innings, but ended each with strikeouts.
Arizona alumna Lovieanne Jung earned a one-out walk in the fifth inning and stole second an out later to put herself into scoring position. The next pitch was blooped by Watley into shallow left center, and Jung crossed home as the throw to the plate was cut off to open the scoring.
Jessica Mendoza led off the top of the sixth with a walk followed by an opposite field blast courtesy of Bustos to widen the margin, 3-0. Andrea Duran reached third after a walk, stolen base and a Jung base hit, but Tucson native Tairia Flowers struck out to end the threat.
Osterman struck out the side in the seventh to preserve the victory. The U.S. upped their record to 2-0 at the 2008 Olympics, while Australia slipped to 0-2.
A day removed from hitting the first inside-the-park home run in Olympic history, former Wildcat Caitlin Lowe reached on an error in the first inning, but ended the night 0-3 at the dish.
Up Next: Team USA will take on Team Canada at 9 p.m. Tucson time on Wednesday night. Check your local listings for television coverage in your area.