July 21, 2002
SURREY, B.C., Canada - Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.) blasted two home runs, including a walk-off homer in the eighth inning, to lead the USA World Team past Australia, 4-3, in an elimination game at the Canada Cup. With the victory, USA improves to 7-1 and advances to play Italy later tonight in another elimination game.
Australia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a one-out, solo home run by Simmone Morrow and then went up 2-0 on a one-out, solo shot by Natalie Shapiro in the second inning.
USA World tied the score in the bottom of the frame. Nina Lindenberg (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led off with a home run to right field. Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) reached on a one-out single through the right side and went to second on a ground out by Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif.). Australia starting pitcher Brooke Wilkensun leashed a wild pitch, and Berg raced to third. Natasha Watley then plated Berg and knotted the score at 2-2 with a single to shortstop.
Nuveman gave USA the lead in the third with her first home run of the game, but Australia tied the score with an unearned run in the sixth. Peta Edebone led off with a double to right-center field and went to second on a sacrifice by Marissa Carpadios. Edebone scored when Sandra Allen hit into a fielding error by second baseman Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.).
Australia relief pitcher Tanya Harding, who entered the game following Nuveman's first home run, retired the side in both the sixth and seventh innings, and USA World pitcher Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) shut down Australia in the seventh to force the game into extra innings.
Australia threatened in the top of the eighth as Morrow led off the inning with a single to left. But Finch coaxed Sally McCreedy to ground into a double play and got Edebone to fly out to right field to get out of the inning and set the stage for Nuveman.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Nuveman crushed a 1-0 pitch deep over the left-field fence to give USA the win and eliminate Australia from the tournament.
USA World Team moves on with 9-1 win over Italy
SURREY, B.C., Canada- The USA World Team advanced to the semifinals of the Canada Cup with a 9-1 win over Italy late tonight. The USA will now face the teamsmith Nationals at 10 a.m.(PDT) Sunday in an elimination game for the right to meet the USA Elite Team in the finals tomorrow at 5 p.m.(PDT)
The USA posted three runs in each of its first four innings.
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) led off the first with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Leah O'Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, Calif.) and moved to third on a double steal. Watley then scored on a ground out by Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.). Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.) then hit a homer to right center to score Jessica Mendoza(Camarillo, Calif.), who had singled earlier in the inning.
Italy answered with a run in the bottom of the first with a solo home run by Jennifer Spediacci.
Following a singled by Mendoza in the top of the third inning, Nuveman added to her home run total with a two-run shot to left field. Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.) drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left center.
The USA extended its lead to 9-1 in the top of the fourth to evoke the mercy rule. Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) led off with a single to shortstop and scored on a single by O'Brien-Amico. Mendoza then hit a three-base screamer down the right-field line to score O'Brien-Amico. Nuveman then drove in Mendoza with a ground out to shortstop.
Keira Goerl(Moreno Valley, Calif.) went the distance for the USA allowing only one run on two hits while striking out five. With the win she improves to 2-0 in the tournament.
USA World advances to championship game to face USA Elite
SURREY, B.C., Canada- The USA World Team came from behind to defeat teamsmith Nationals, 3-1, to advance to the championship game at the Canada Cup. With the win, USA World improves to 9-1 and now faces a rematch against USA Elite for the tournament title Sunday at 7 p.m.(CDT).
Julie Smith gave teamsmith Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a one-out solo home run to left field. It would be the only run teamsmith would get as USA World pitcher Lisa Fernandez(Long Beach, Calif.) allowed only one other hit - a single in the fifth - for the remainder of the game.
USA quickly tied the score in the bottom of the first as Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) led off with a bunt single and stole second. She raced home on a Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) line-drive single to the center-field fence.
Tairia Mims (Tucson, Ariz.) gave the World Team the lead in the second inning with an RBI single up the middle. Nina Lindenberg (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) who had reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a walk, scored on the play.
USA, who tallied 11 hits in the game, threatened to blow open the game in the fourth but left the bases loaded when home-run leader Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.) was called out on strikes.
Fernandez struck out nine in the complete game effort to improve to 2-1. Amy Kyler took the loss for teamsmith, giving up seven hits and all three runs in 2.1 innings of work.