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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