Team USA Win Twice, Beating Japan and Canada

Aug. 15, 2008

BEIJING, China - Natasha Watley hit her second home run of the Olympics in Team USA's 7-0 win over Japan and Andrea Duran had a pair of RBI in an 8-1 comeback victory over Canada.

The U.S. is now 4-0 in pool play and will next face Chinese Taipei at 9 p.m. Friday PT (12 p.m. Saturday Beijing time).

In game one against Japan, Watley staked Team USA to a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the top of the first. Tairia Mims Flowers reached in all three plate appearances, singling and drawing two walks while scoring a run. Duran went 0-for-1 with a walk in two at-bats.

In the second game against Canada, which was halted by rain a day earlier, play resumed with the U.S. trailing 1-0 in the fourth. The score remained that way until the Americans rallied for four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to win it in a rout. Duran capped off Team USA's scoring with a two-run single in the top of the seventh. Watley was 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Flowers and Stacey Nuveman were also in the starting lineup.

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