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Another Run-Ruling for USA Softball
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/15/2008
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Aug. 15, 2008

BEIJING -- Team USA used ample hitting and shut-down pitching throughout as Mike Candrea's squad downed Chinese Taipei, 7-0, in five innings Saturday in China.

The run-ruling was the third mercy rule that the U.S. has dished out in these Olympics.

Arizona alumna Lovieanne Jung, and her U.S. teammates Jessica Mendoza and Lauren Lappin each tallied two RBI in the contest. Caitlin Lowe nabbed the other RBI for the Americans on a fielder's choice in the third.

Jennie Finch (2-0) gave up her first two hits of the Olympics, but struck out six while walking only one batter.

Mendoza lit the frame for Team USA in the first when she knocked in Lowe from second with a double.

In the third inning, she hit a solo shot that propelled the U.S. to a 3-0 lead, which was the first mark in a five-run inning. The next three batters reached base allowing Lauren Lappin to hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to widen the margin.

Lappin started the game in favor of Stacey Nuveman, who batted a mere .077 through the first four games and had played in consecutive matches yesterday.

Jung stepped up to the dish next, and sent a bases-clearing double into the right field gap. Lowe's fielder's choice with one out upped the score to 6-0.

In the sixth, Lappin tallied another RBI on a base hit that scored Vicky Galindo, who had reached base with her first ever Olympic hit, to bring the final score, 7-0.

Lowe finished the day 0-2 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. Jung went 2-2 with two RBI and a run, and was replaced by Galindo entering the fourth.

Up Next: Team USA will take on the Netherlands on a day in which the game will be played when it is the same date in China as it is in Tucson. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. Tucson time (7:30 p.m. in Beijing) on Sunday. Check your local listings for television coverage in your area.

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