USA Softball Team Captures Gold At U.S. Olympic Cup

Sept. 12, 1999

San Diego, Calif. - Australia didn't take advantage of its first-inning opportunity, but Team USA capitalized during its first at-bat, and that was the difference as the USA posted a 5-0 victory Sunday afternoon in the gold medal game of the 1999 Bank of America/U.S. Olympic Cup.

Christa Williams (Houston, Texas), who worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, went on to pitch a complete game two-hitter as Team USA defeated Australia for the second time in two days.

After escaping the Australian threat, Team USA responded in dominating fashion, as former UCLA All-American Sheila Douty (Diamond Bar, Calif.) roped an RBI-double and UCLA junior Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, Calif.) launched a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first.

Those four runs would be enough, but the USA tacked on one more run in the fourth when Teri Klement (Ft. Collins, Colo.) drew a bases loaded walk that scored Leah O'Brien-Amico (Chino, Calif.).

Australia put itself in position to draw first blood after Sue Fairhurst walked, Frankie McRae was hit by a pitch and former Bruin Kerry Dienelt singled, but Williams, with one out, forced a 6-2-3 double play that ended the inning. Team USA then responded with its four-run first and Williams regained her composure, allowing just one more hit for the duration of the game.

Former Bruin standout Dot Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) and Laura Berg (Sante Fe Springs, Calif.) each had two hits for Team USA, while Dienelt and Fiona Hanes had the hits for Australia. Kelly Hardie was charged with the loss for Australia after giving up four earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.

A replay of the championship game will be broadcast Monday at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN2.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1 (9)
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1
Thursday, Jun 02
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 3 - 10
Saturday, Jun 04
vs. Florida State
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 4 - 8
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