Stanford Alums Lead USA Softball To 2-0 Start At World Championships

June 25, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Four Stanford alums and current Cardinal Ashley Hansen are competing at the XII ISF Women's Softball World Championships in Caracus, Venezuela, this week. Hansen is joined by Jessica Mendoza, Lauren Lappin and Alissa Haber on the United States National Team, while Missy Penna is competing for the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. has opened the championships with a 2-0 record, defeating China, 1-0, and New Zealand, 12-2, in four innings. Seeking its ninth World Title, USA Softball is now 7-0 against China in World Championship play.

Hansen scored the lone run in the win over the Chinese. After reaching on an error and stealing second, Hansen moved to third as Lappin grounded out. She scored on a hit by Natasha Watley, proving to be enough for the U.S. Lappin, the catcher, also started a great defensive play for the Americans, catching a Chinese player in a pickle at third base.

Against New Zealand, Haber was 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. After scoring only one run in the opening game, USA Softball scored six in the second inning off of four hits and being selective at the plate.

The United States will face home team Venezuela at 6:30 p.m. CT. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in World Championship play.

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