WNT: Team USA Tops Cuba, 10-1
Women's National Team records third straight win at WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup
GIJANG, KOREA -- The USA Baseball Women's National Team defeated Cuba, 10-1, to remain undefeated in the Consolation Round at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark in Gijang, Korea.
Team USA scored five runs over the first four innings, before a four-run fifth inning helped to seal the victory. Brittany Gomez (New Braunfels, Texas) was the first to cross the plate on an RBI-single by Tamara Holmes (Albany, Calif.) in the first inning, and Amalia Hopson (Sequim, Wash.) scored in the following inning on an RBI-single by Anna Kimbrell (Rock Hill, S.C.). Holmes singled again in the third inning to score Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and later crossed the plate on an RBI-single by Hopson.
U.S. starting pitcher Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) allowed just one unearned run in the top of the fourth, but Team USA responded with another run of its own in the bottom of the inning, when Gomez doubled, stole third and scored on a balk.
Team USA put the game away for good in the fifth inning, when five consecutive batters reached base safely. A leadoff walk by Shelby Estocado (Las Vegas, Nev.), a single by Kimbrell and another walk by Gomez loaded the bases for Underwood, who reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Estocado to score. Kimbrell scored on an RBI-single by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), and Holmes grounded out to third to score Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.), who pinch ran for Underwood.
Piagno recorded her second win of the tournament, allowing just four hits, walking four and striking out nine in her six innings of work. Alex Fulmer (Little Mountain, S.C.) came in to relieve Piagno in the top of the seventh and sent the batters down in order with a lineout, a strikeout and an infield popup.
The Women's National Team will play its seventh and final game at the 2016 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup September 9 against India. First pitch is set for 11:00 p.m. ET, and live scoring will be available here. Be sure to follow the Women's National Team on Twitter (@USABaseballWNT) for scores, updates, photos and more.