WNT: Team USA Shuts Out India, 10-0
Women's National Team finishes 6-1 at WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup
GIJANG, KOREA -- The USA Baseball Women's National Team wrapped up the Consolation Round of the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup Saturday with a 10-0 run rule victory over India at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark in Gijang, Korea.
Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) earned the win on the mound after allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out six in four shutout innings. Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) came in to relieve Meidlinger in the top of the fifth and sent the batters down in order for the final three outs.
Team USA took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning when Tamara Holmes (Albany, Calif.) hit a stand-up triple that scored Brittany Gomez (New Braunfels, Texas) and Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and then crossed the plate on an RBI-single by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.).
Team USA more than doubled its lead in the second inning, thanks to a two-run triple by Underwood, and RBI-double by Jessica Iwata (Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii) and two fielding errors that allowed runs to score. Leading 8-0 heading into the third inning, Team USA tacked on two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Underwood and an RBI-double by Holmes.
Holmes, playing in her final game with the Women's National Team, received a standing ovation in the fifth inning. A seven-time USA Baseball alum, Holmes was a member of the 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 World Cup teams and the 2015 Pan American Qualifier and Pan American Games teams. At age 42, Holmes retires with three gold medals, including a World Championship title in 2006.
With the win, the Women's National team finishes the 2016 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup with a 4-0 record in the Consolation Round and a 6-1 record overall. The tournament will conclude September 11 with the World Championship Final between Canada and Japan.