June 23, 2000
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL - In a rematch of the opening game of the 1996 Olympics, the USA Softball Women's National Team throttled the Puerto Rican National Team 19-0 in a five-inning mercy rule victory to move its win streak to 18-games on the 2000 Central Park to Sydney Tour. Amanda Freed, who just completed her sophomore season at UCLA, pitched a perfect game in her first appearance of the tour. Freed joined the team earlier this week after completing her final exams in Westwood.
Leah O'Brien-Amico, the only USA player to start all 18-games of the tour, scored the first run of the game on a double by UCLA graduate and assistant coach Lisa Fernandez.
The USA exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning including a three-run home run by Crystl Bustos. Six different USA players collected hits in the inning including Jennifer Brundage (UCLA, 1992-95), Christie Ambrosi (UCLA1997-99), Michelle Venturella, Fernandez, Bustos and Sheila Douty (UCLA, 1981-84). Fernandez and Venturella each drove in two runs in the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Brundage began the hit parade with a home run to right center and her teammates followed scoring 10-runs on nine hits to give the USA the 10-run mercy rule victory.
USA pitcher Amanda Freed, who joined the team this week after completing classes at UCLA, pitched a perfect game in her first appearance of the tour. In the game, she struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced while throwing only 50 pitches in five innings of work.
Four different players had multiple RBI including Bustos (6), Venturella (4), Fernandez (3) and Ambrosi (2). The USA has now outscored its opponents 133-1 on the 2000 Central Park to Sydney Tour.
Game two of the double-header was called due to inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.