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Subject: Seven hits and seven runs equals a Team USA win over Dominican Republic


August 7, 2017


Seven hits and seven runs equals a Team USA win over Dominican Republic


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — In front of packed stadium, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) earned its fourth run rule victory of the Pan American Championship with a 7-0 (five innings) win over host country Dominican Republic.  Scoring in four of the five innings, six of Team USA’s batters recorded a base hit in the contest while Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) and Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) teamed up for a one-hitter.


“It’s really the first time this year that our team has played in an environment like that,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “Tonight was a tremendous crowd that was all pro-Dominican and I thought our team did really well.  Haylie McCleney has been doing an incredible job for us at the top of the lineup and Kelsey Stewart moves people to set it up for the big hitters.  Jess and Kelly were spot on.  One hit in five innings and averaging about 13 pitches per inning, I’m pretty happy right now with the way we’re playing.”


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The U.S. quickly put runners on base after Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) was issued a leadoff walk and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) was hit by a pitch.  A sac bunt from Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) advanced the runners a bag before an intentional walk to Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) loaded the bases.  A walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) pushed across the first U.S. run of the inning, followed by a single from Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) to plate the second run of the at-bat to give Team USA an early 2-0 lead.   


That score held until the top of the third inning when Team USA added another run to the score.  Arioto singled with one out and would come around to score after a triple from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) that almost left the ballpark. 


Four additional runs in the top of the fourth inning gave the U.S. a comfortable lead.  Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) started the charge after reaching on an error by the shortstop and advancing to third after McCleney reached on a bunt single.  A sac fly from Stewart plated Takeda, leaving one runner on base for Chidester, who sent the ball flying over the center field fence to make it a six run lead.  Arioto was then issued her second walk of the game, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored after an error by the second baseman.


Leading by seven, Barnhill entered in relief for Moore, who threw four flawless innings in which she issued three strikeouts, one walk and allowed just one hit.  Barnhill picked up right where Moore left off, recording a strikeout and two pop fly outs to give the U.S. the 7-0, five inning win. 


McCleney paced the U.S. offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Chidester collected two RBI with one home run and one walk.  Moore got the win in the circle, her second of the Pan American Championship.


Team USA now readies for Venezuela for a 2 p.m. ET matchup tomorrow afternoon.  Fans can watch Team USA throughout the tournament with live streaming through InternetTV for an $11.95 (USD) subscription.  Live stats will also be available for fans to follow along through


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