TEAM USA FALLS TO CANADA IN OPENING GAME

July 31, 2006

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  • TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Team Canada struck twice in the bottom of the fourth to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Team USA, 5-2, in the second game of the IBAF Women's World Cup Monday at Tienmu Baseball Stadium. Australia cruised past Hong Kong 22-2 in the opening game of the tournament.

    Canada was led by Kate Psota and catcher Genevieve Beauchamp, who each totaled a pair of RBI on 1 for 3 hitting. Starting pitcher Martine Nadeau (1-0), went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out two.

    Team USA was led by Jane Uh (Riverside, CA) and Bridget Venturi-Veneema (Deerfield, IL) who had two hits apiece. Starting pitcher Laura Rose (Hollywood, FL) fell to 0-1 after pitching 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out four and walking five.

    With the game knotted at two runs apiece in the bottom of the fourth, Psota laced a two-out, bases-loaded single to center to score Erin Forman and Nicole Luchanski, who had drawn consecutive walks off Rose. Pitcher Megan Meidlinger (Sterling, VA), entered in relief and induced a fly ball to center to end the inning. Meidlinger went on to pitch 2 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits.

    Canada added a run in the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring.

    "Canada executed and we played flat," said Team USA manager Julie Croteau. "I'm hopeful that this is a wake-up call for our players. I don't feel that we made any strategic or tactical errors. We just missed some opportunities and Canada didn't. I'm confident that we are going to see a different team against Australia."

    Canada, the designated home team, scored first, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Genevieve Beauchamp's two-out double to left, scoring Samantha Magalas and Melanie Harwood.

    Team USA answered with a run in the top of the third. Catcher Lacy Prejean (Lafayette, LA) reached on a fielding error by shortstop Forman and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Uh slapped a single to center to put runners on first and third for shortstop Keri Lemasters (Santa Clarita, CA), who followed with a clutch single to center to plate Prejean, cutting the lead to one.

    Team USA tied the game in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch by Nadeau. Venturi-Veneema and Tamara Ivie (Long Beach, CA) led off with consecutive one-out singles and Prejean's fielder's choice pushed Venturi-Veneema to third. Follwing Nadeau's wild pitch, second baseman Laura Brenneman (Washington, DC) was hit by the pitch to extend the inning but Nadeau struck out Uh to end the threat.

    Venturi-Veneema opened the USA sixth with a double to left and Ivie followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. However, Prejean's sacrifice bunt attempt was caught by Psota, who was on the mound in relief, and second baseman Malaika Underwood's (San Diego, CA) fielder's choice erased Ivie at second. Psota induced an inning-ending grounder to third.

    Team USA will take a day off from competition Tuesday (Aug. 1) and will face Australia Wednesday (Aug. 3) at 10:00 am.

    (W) - Nadeau (1-0) (SV) - Psota (1) (L) Rose (0-1)