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Softball: Shutout for U.S. Team

The U.S. softball team played long ball Friday, hitting an Olympic record four home runs on the way to a 7-0 victory over Japan in five innings.

Jessica Mendoza started the fireworks with a two-run shot in the first inning, which was followed by a solo shot by Natasha Watley to help spot the U.S. to a 4-0 lead. Mendoza then had another two-run homer in the fourth, which was backed by a solo homer by Crystl Bustos.

Monica Abbott picked up the win for the U.S., going the distance and striking out five while surrendering only one hit.

The U.S. returns to the field this afternoon to complete their game against Canada, which was suspended Thursday due to weather.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 2:56 AM ET
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Posted by: Notes | August 15, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Natasha Watley hit the firt home run as a lead off batter. Jessica Mendoza was the third batter and with a man on base she hit a two run home run. three batters and three runs. USA concluded the inning by scoring another run to lead 4-0 and batting around in the first half of the first inning.

Posted by: Don Wyant | August 15, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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