August 1, 2006

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  • TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Starting pitcher Jennifer Hunter struck out six in a two-run, two-hit complete game effort and third baseman Donna Mills went 2 for 2 with three RBI as Team USA defeated Australia 7-2 Wednesday at Tienmu Baseball Stadium. The win lifted Team USA to 1-1 while Australia dropped to 2-1 in the IBAF Women's World Cup.

    Hunter gave up a run in the third and one in the fourth before retiring the final 12 batters in order to give Team USA its first win in tournament action.

    "Jennifer Hunter was phenomenal," said manager Julie Croteau. "At 15 years old, she held the best-hitting team in the tournament to two hits. I feel that she continued to get stronger as the game went on."

    "The curveball was working today," said Hunter. "I got into a groove and it's really comforting when I know every single player behind me is going to give it their all. Australia hit me pretty well in the scrimmage so I tried to get ahead and then throw the off-speed pitch."

    Mills keyed the offensive effort, coming up with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the third and came up with the clutch hit again in the fifth. With two outs and two on, Mills sent a 1-0 offering into the right-field corner that was good for a triple and chased Australia starter Alisa Ruggiero from the mound. Ruggiero dropped to 0-1 with the loss, giving up seven runs on six hits in 4.2 innings.

    Team USA scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first and would never yield the lead. Centerfielder Kim Braatz-Voisard and first baseman Tamara Ivie each added a pair of hits in the win and Ivie's RBI hit in the sixth would score Mills to cap the scoring.

    Team USA faces Hong Kong Thursday (Aug. 2) at 10:00 a.m.

    WP: Jennifer Hunter (USA) 1-0 LP: Alisa Ruggiero (AUS) 0-1

    Record: USA - 1-1; AUS - 2-1

    Other scores - Day 2: Japan 43 v. Hong Kong 0; Canada 10 v. Cuba 8; Australia 4 v. Chinese Taipei 0 Day 3: USA 7 v. Australia 2