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Softball Opens With Win

Behind an Olympic record offensive output and a combined no-hitter by Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott, the U.S. women's softball team opened the defense of its gold medal with an 11-0 win over Venezuela in five innings.

The 11 runs was an Olympic record for an individual team and was sparked by the long ball. Natasha Watley hit a two-run shot and Caitlin Lowe had an inside-the-park homer in the second and Crystl Bustos had a solo homer in the third. Finch struck out five and walked two over four innings before giving way to Abbott, who struck out a pair in one inning of work.

Highlight from the AP game report:

The Venezuelans, Olympic rookies who never had a chance, dropped to 0-7 against the U.S.
"When we face the USA we have all kinds of problems," catcher Zuleyma Cirimele said. "We always lose by four or five runs. We should have done better."

Next up for the U.S. is Australia, with the game scheduled for noon Wednesday.

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By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 12, 2008; 3:37 AM ET
Categories:  Softball  
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Venezuela had a tour of the US professional softball teams and went 1-3 against the Washington Glory, the defending NPF champions...Defending NPF Pitcher of the Year Desiree Serrano threw a perfect game against Venezuela in the final game of the series...Monica Abbott was the winning pitcher in the championship game and playoff MVP for the Glory last season

Posted by: Notes | August 13, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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