Amanda Freed Pitches Perfect Game in First USA Appearance

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.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 3
Friday, Mar 04
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
W, 19 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
W, 7 - 1
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
W, 13 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 3 - 2 (9)
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
T, 3 - 3
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
Canceled
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9 (6)
Friday, Mar 25
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 6
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 10 - 8
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
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