USA Softball Team Wins Opening Game At U.S. Olympic Cup

Sept. 10, 1999

San Diego, Calif. - The USA Softball Women's National Team defeated New Zealand 4-1 in its opening game of the 1999 Bank of America/U.S. Olympic Cup in San Diego Friday night.

The USA scored runs in each of the first three innings to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Former Bruin Sheila Douty (Diamond Bar, Calif.) drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first with a single to center field that scored Teri Klement (Ft. Collins, Colo.). UCLA junior catcher Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, Calif.) then doubled to score Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.), who had reached on a fielder's choice, to give the USA a 2-0 lead.

Another former Bruin, Jennifer Brundage (Irvine, Calif.), walked in the bottom of the second, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single down the left field line by Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.)

The USA completed its scoring in the bottom of the third when UCLA senior Christie Ambrosi (Overland Park, Kan.) singled to center field to score Jennifer McFalls (Grand Prairie, Tex.), who was pinch-running for Douty.

New Zealand posted its only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning when Melanie Hulme walked and scored on a double by Jackie Smith.

Nuveman led the USA at the plate going 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Bustos also collected two hits. Former Bruin Dr. Dot Richardson (Orlando, Fla.), Berg , Douty and Ambrosi each had hits for the USA.

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