Tigers Help USA to Pair of Wins
COLUMBIA - Missouri's Rhea Taylor and Chelsea Thomas helped lead the USA Women's National Team to two more wins at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship on Tuesday, as Team USA defeated Japan by a 5-1 score before rolling past Venezuela, 10-0. The United States is now 5-1 during pool play.
In game one against Japan, Thomas came in relief and collected her second victory of the tournament. The Big 12 Pitcher of the Year tossed 3.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out two. Now 2-0 in the tournament, Thomas has nine strikeouts and hasn't allowed a run while scattering just five hits in 8.1 innings pitched.
Later that evening, the United States thumped Venezuela by a 10-0 final in four innings, as Team USA scored in all four innings for the run-rule victory. Taylor, who started in center field and batted second, picked up two hits in three at bats and scored two runs while also stealing a base.
With one out in the first, Taylor singled and then swiped second base two batters later. She would come around to score the first run of the game on a double by Brittany Schutte. With a runner on in the third inning, Taylor picked up her second base hit of the game. After a walk loaded the bases, Taylor would score from second on a double by Michelle Moultrie, making it 9-0. Former Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor tossed a perfect game for Team USA, striking out six in four innings of work.
The United States continue the tournament with a game against Team Australia at 5:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday.