Aug. 6, 2009
MARACAY, Venezuela -- The American women sprayed eight triples, including four in the second inning, in a 15-0, four inning victory over Belize at the Pan American Qualifier Championship in Maracay, Venezuela. The USA (8-0) has one more pool play game, Thursday at 4 p.m. CT against undefeated Cuba, before entering medal rounds on Friday.
The U.S. scored two runs in the first including one off a Tammy Williams triple that scored K'Lee Arredondo, who singled to lead off the inning. A sac fly by Andrea Duran pushed Williams across home plate for a 2-0 lead. All three outs in the first were sac flies that on a regulation size field may have instead been home runs.
Arredondo was 4-for-4 on the day with three RBI and four runs scored.
Nikki Nemitz made her second start of the Pan American qualifier and was responsible for all outs through two innings with four strikeouts and two groundouts to pitcher.
With one out in the second inning, Team USA went on for eight hits including five triples, four of which were hit in consecutive order and each for one RBI, beginning with another Williams triple. Duran, Kaitlin Cochran and Megan Langenfeld followed with triples to help the United States take a 9-0 lead, scoring seven runs in the second. Vicky Galindo was the other batter in the lineup to hit a triple.
Two runs scored in the third off a groundout by Cochran and a double by Langenfeld put the score at 11-0, needing only four more runs to have the game called in four innings.
Nemitz allowed a base hit in the third but a strikeout and a tag out cleared the bases. She hurled eight strikeouts and allowed one hit, only the second hit allowed by the pitching staff in 34.0 innings pitched.
The runs needed for another run rule victory were achieved in the fourth inning with Maggie Viefhaus leading off with a triple to right field. A single by Melissa Roth scored Viefhaus. With Roth and Galindo on base, the eighth triple of the day came off the bat of Arredondo to score two more runs. A single by Williams to right field scored Arredondo for the 15 and final run of the game.
Team USA will face a Cuba team that is also undefeated on Thursday in the last pool play action in Maracay. Medal rounds begin on Friday and the opponents will be determined tomorrow.
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