WNT: Caldwell pitches U.S. past Chinese Taipei
Offense produces season-high 13 runs
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The USA Baseball Women's National Team got a complete-game effort from Kristin Caldwell en route to a 13-3, five-inning victory over Chinese Taipei.
Caldwell allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits to improve to 2-0 in World Cup play. The complete game was the first of the World Cup for the Red, White and Blue.
Chinese Taipei jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. It loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Chiu Ching Li was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run of the game. Hsiang Yun Wang bounced into a fielder's choice to make it a 2-0 contest.
The U.S. bats came to life in the second as it took a 3-2 lead. Tamara Holmes led off with a base hit and promptly stole second. After a Michelle Snyder single, Bessie Noll hit a hard ground ball that was bobbled by the third baseman, allowing Holmes to score. With two runners in scoring position, Mackenzie Vandergeest smoked a double to left to drive in the go-ahead runs.
The lead grew to three as the U.S. pushed across two more in the third. Caitlin Everett singled and moved to second on a Donna Williams base hit with nobody out. Holmes followed with a double to make it 4-2. With two runners in scoring position and nobody out, Snyder lined out to center field. Attempting to tag and score on the fly ball, Williams was interfered with and eventually awarded home for a 5-2 lead.
A four-spot in the fourth inning pushed the lead to 9-2. Samantha Cobb doubled to open the inning and scored on an Everett base hit. Natalie Land raced home on a Williams base hit, and Snyder hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 8-2. Bessie Noll capped the scoring with a base hit down the left-field line.
In the top of the fifth, Chinese Taipei tried to get back in the game, as it loaded the bases on an error and two singles with nobody out. Hsiao Chien Wang singled in Chinese Taipei's third run of the contest. Caldwell minimized the damage as she got Wang to line into a double play and Shih Yun Lee to fly out to end the inning.
The U.S. scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to bring the game to an end. Anna Kimbrell was hit to open the inning and moved to second on a walk to Land. Williams cleared the bases with a triple to left center. A throwing error on a ball hit by Navarro allowed Williams to score. With two outs and the bases loaded, Stacy Piagno hit a sharp ground ball to short. Noll beat the throw to second, and Navarro raced home to make it 13-3, invoking the 10-run rule.
The USA Baseball Women's National team improved to 5-1 in the World Cup. The final game of pool play is set for Friday afternoon when the U.S. takes on Venezuela (2-4) at 4 p.m. (ET) at John Fry Park.