Dec. 9, 2011
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - A no-hitter from UCLA freshman Ally Carda helped the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team to a 5-0 win over China at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship. With the Friday shutout, the No. 1 seeded Americans improve to 2-0 in pool play.
"I was extremely impressed with our defensive performance today especially with how well Ally Carda pitched," Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.) said. "To be honest, I was not sure the team could emotionally recharge after playing so late last night and having to come back 12 hours later. But they were ready to play today."
Carda, who struck out the first six batters she faced, was on track for a perfect game until the fourth when she issued consecutive walks to Xu Ying and Yu Xiaotong. No other Chinese batters reached base throughout the seven inning contest. Carda struck out two in the fifth, all three batters in the sixth and one in the seventh, bringing her total to 14.
"I felt really strong today," said Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.). "I just tried to get ahead of batters and throw first pitch strikes and I did that."
Team USA returns to action Saturday against New Zealand at 12:30 p.m. South African Standard Time/4:30 a.m. CT. Live stats for all of the U.S. games in Cape Town are available at USASoftball.com.
Story Courtesy USA Softball