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Softball: Osterman Throws No-Hitter

Cat Osterman recorded only the second complete game no-hitter by an American in Olympic softball history to spark the United States to a 3-0 victory over Australia at the Fengtai Softball Field Wednesday afternoon.

Osterman struck out 12 and surrendered only three walks as she joined Lori Harrigan as the only two pitchers to spin complete game no hitters in an Olympic game. Harrigan posted a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over Canada on Sept. 17, 2000, the opening game of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Lovieanne Jung broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fifth inning . She drew a walk from Australian pitcher Tanya Harding, stole second and then scored when Natasha Watley spanked the ball over the shortstop's head. Crystl Bustos provided the insurance runs in the bottom of the six with an opposite field two-run homer that scored Jessica Mendoza.

The U.S. improves to 2-0 in preliminary play and will face Canada on Thursday.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 2:23 AM ET
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Osterman threw a no hitter in the NPF playoffs last season to get her Rockford Thunder team to the championship game against the Washington Glory. Osterman, who the day before, lost to Team USA teammate Monica Abbott who threw the first no hitter of the weekend over Rockford...Osterman, Abbott and Jennie Finch all have professional contracts with teams in the NPF. Osterman with the Rockford Thunder, Abbott with the Washington Glory and Jennie Finch with the Chicago Bandits. Several other players on the US and a couple on Canada have professional contracts in the NPF.

Posted by: Notes | August 13, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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