August 5, 2006

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  • TAIPEI, Taiwan --- First baseman Tamara Ivie (Long Beach, CA) doubled in the go-ahead and eventual game-winning runs with two outs in the sixth and utility player Keri Lemasters (Santa Clarita, CA) closed the door with three shutout innings in relief as Team USA edged past Chinese-Taipei, 3-1, Saturday at Tienmu Baseball Stadium. Team USA improved to 4-1 while Chinese-Taipei fell to 2-3 at the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup.

    After being held scoreless through five innings, Team USA led off the top of the sixth with a one-out single by Donna Mills (Lynn, MA). Jane Uh (Riverside, CA) followed with a single to right but the throw by right fielder Teu-Hsin Liu missed the cutoff man and the ball rolled into shallow right field. Mills broke for third but was tagged out by pitcher Ling-Yin Chu for the second out. Tamara Holmes (Albany, CA) was intentionally walked and Chu hit Kim Braatz-Voisard (Phoenix, AZ) with the pitch to load the bases for Ivie.

    "I was thinking about getting a good pitch to drive," said Ivie. "I had been watching myself on video during batting practice and made some adjustments. I had a good feeling at the plate and she was throwing fastballs and I felt the that the opportunity was right there."

    Team USA added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Lemasters. Lemasters, the team's shortstop and closer, was flawless in three innings, giving up a lone hit while striking out four to improve to 1-0. Lemasters also finished the day 2 for 3 with an RBI.

    "Keri is a superstar in my mind," said Team USA manager Julie Croteau. "She is one of those players who can do it all. Even though she hadn't thrown three innings in a game this tournament, we decided early on that we were going to her today to finish out the game. I also want to point out that the defense did a great job behind her," said Croteau

    Team USA starter Laura Rose (Hollywood, FL) was solid in her second start of the tournament, yielding just one run on six hits while striking out two in the no-decision. Rose helped her cause with three pickoffs, including two in the bottom of the first.

    Chinese-Taipei starting pitcher Wan-Yu Teng walked just one and scattered five hits in four innings of work. Chu fell to 0-1 with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in three innings.

    Chinese-Taipei's lone run came in the bottom of the fourth on a run-scoring double by Meng-Hui Lin. Shortstop Chen-Chi Tseng went 3 for 3 to lead the team.

    Team USA will end the tournament against Japan Sunday at 10:00 am.

    USA 000 002 1 -- 3 10 0
    CT 000 100 0 -- 1 7 2

    WP: Lemasters (USA), 1-0 LP: Chu (CTP), 0-1

    Records: USA 4-1; CTP, 2-3