EDMONTON, Alberta - - Kristin Caldwell threw four no-hit innings and the USA Baseball Women's National Team scored in every inning en route to a 10-0 win over the Netherlands.
Caldwell (1-0) was masterful for four innings as the only base runner she allowed reached on a two-out error in the second inning. She finished the afternoon with six strikeouts. Kayla Bufardeci allowed the only hit in the contest, but the runner was erased on a double play ball and Bufardeci faced just three in her lone inning of work.
On the offensive side, Team USA scored early and often. In the first, Natalie Land worked a lead-off walk and beat a throw to second on a ground ball off the bat of Jill Barrett. The duo executed a double steal and scored on a Tamara Holmes single for a 2-0 U.S. lead.
Two more runs crossed the plate for the U.S. in the second as the Netherlands committed a pair of errors. Caitlin Everett drew the lead-off walk and stole second. With runners on the corners, an errant throw on a Clarisa Navarro stolen base allowed Everett to score. The lead grew to 4-0 when Navarro scored on the catcher's second throwing error of the inning.
Another lead-off walk led to more runs for Team USA in the third. Michelle Snyder drew the free pass and scored on a double off the bat of Malaika Underwood. Everett followed with a base hit to give the U.S. a 6-0 lead.
The Netherlands fourth error of the game opened the doors for another big inning as the U.S. scored three times on three hits. Land reached on the miscue and was standing on third after a Barrett base hit. Holmes collected her third RBI of the afternoon with a ground out. Underwood's grounder to third plated Barrett and Everett capped the scoring with a triple to right for a 9-0 U.S. lead.
Needing just one run to invoke the five-inning run rule, the U.S. wasted no time. Bessie Noll lined a lead-off double to deep left field and scored on a Donna Williams single up the middle to bring the game to an end.
Round robin play in the IBAF World Cup continues Saturday when the USA Baseball Women's National Team takes on Australia at 6:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be played at Telus Field in Edmonton.