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U.S. Beats Dominican Republic, Will Play for World Cup Bronze

Kelsie Whitmore gives up just three hits and no earned runs in start
August 31, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dominican Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Team USA 6 0 1 0 1 0 X 8 7 2
Win: K. Whitmore Loss: M. Quero Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats
 

VIERA, FLA. - The USA Baseball Women's National Team finished off Super Round play in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup with an 8-1 defeat of Dominican Republic at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, on Thursday night.

Having already secured a spot in the World Cup bronze medal game with Canada's loss to Chinese Taipei earlier in the day, the U.S. still came out swinging.

The Dominican Republic opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first but that was all the team would get in the contest as three U.S. pitchers combined for six subsequent innings.

Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) got her second start of the World Cup on Thursday and set the tone early on the mound for Team USA. She allowed just three hits, one walk and no earned runs in four solid innings before handing the ball to Laura Collins (Hollywood, Fla.) and Emily Tsujikawa (Redmond, Wash.) to finish off the win. Neither relief pitcher gave up a hit in the final three innings.

On the offensive side, the red, white and blue responded to the Dominican Republic's run in the top of the first with a six-run bottom half to put the game away early. The inning was highlighted by clutch hitting as all six runs came with two outs.

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) collected hits and the squad also took advantage of walks and hit-by-pitches to take a 6-1 lead to the second inning.

Team USA added to its lead with one run each in the third and fifth innings for the final score of 8-1 to claim the win. Baltzell finished the contest 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kimbrell went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.

The U.S. will play Canada for the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup bronze medal at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, August 31, at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla. This will be the second game in the 2018 tournament between the two teams as they matched up against each other in the Super Round on Wednesday. Team USA came out on top in that game with a 5-1 win. Friday's bronze medal game will be streamed live on the WBSC YouTube channel.

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Team USA Plays Cuba in Game Five

August 22, 2019
GAME USA at Cuba
TIME Thursday, 12:00 p.m. CT 
LOCATION Aguascalientes, Mexico
Starting Pitcher
Kelsie Whitmore

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Thursday, August 22 against Cuba at 12 p.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

The U.S. moved to 4-0 in the tournament after defeating Canada 21-4 on Wedensday and is currently the only undefeated team remaining.

Notable Information
• Team USA has outscored opponents 76-12 so far in the tournament.
• Megan Baltzell finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a double and three runs scored against Canada.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through four games, hitting .769 (10-for-13) with four singles, five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Final Scores
• vs. Venezuela: W, 15-5
• vs. Domnican Republic, W, 19-2
• vs. Nicaragua, W, 21-1
• vs. Canada, W, 21-4

On Deck
• August 23 vs. Mexico (9 a.m. CT; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero)

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Team USA Wins 21-4 Over Canada

Two eight-run innings led Team USA to victory
August 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 3 0 1 8 1 0 8 21 23 0
CAN 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 8 3
Win: M. Sementelli Loss: A. Asay Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team used to eight0run innings to defeat Canada 21-4 on Wednesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. moved to 4-0 in the tournament and is currently the only undefeated team remaining. 

All nine U.S. batters in the starting lineup finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), who finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a double and three runs scored, and Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), who hit her second home run of the tournament in the fourth inning.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out two batters to earn the victory. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) came in as relief, combining to allow four runs on seven hits and striking out three batters. Amanda Asay suffered the loss for Canada.

Key Moments

• A pair of walks to Hugo and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) put runners on base for Baltzell, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI-double to center field.
• Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to left field to make the score 3-0.
• Baltzell led off the top of the third inning with a single to right field and scored on a Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) double to center field to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead.
• In the top of the fourth inning, Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) knocked a single into center field to push Hugo and Lahners across the plate to extend the U.S. lead to 6-0.
• Baltzell's third RBI of the game came in the top of the fourth inning when she sent an RBI-single up the middle to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead.
• An RBI-single up the middle by Whitmore and a Schutte sac-fly pushed the U.S. lead to 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
• A three-run homerun by Hugo capped an eight-run fourth inning, giving the U.S. a commanding 12-0 lead.
• Canada used two hits and a walk to bring the score to 12-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) singled to left field to score another run for Team USA, making the score 13-3 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Canada added a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning to make it a 13-4 ballgame.
• A Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) RBI-single put another run on the board for Team USA and Lansdell followed with a two-run double to center field to extend the U.S. lead to 16-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
• An RBI-single from Hugo and RBI doubles by Baltzell and Schutte capped the scoring for Team USA, ending the game a final score of 21-4.

Notable Information

• Nine U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (2-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-4), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (3-for-6), Megan Baltzell (4-for-6), Keslie Whitmore (3-for-5), Brittany Schutte (3-for-6), Anna Kimbrell (2-for-6) and Ashton Lansdell (2-for-5).
• Marti Sementelli earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out two batters in her second start of the tournament.
• Alex Hugo hit her second home run of the tournament over the right field wall in the fourth inning against Canada.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through four games, hitting .769 (10-for-13) with four singles, five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Thursday, August 22 against Cuba at 12 p.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Nicaragua 21-1

Brittany Schutte launched a grand-slam in the fourth inning
August 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 9 6 0 6 x x x 21 19 1
NIC 1 0 0 0 x x x 1 1 2
Win: S. Tobias Loss: M. Sanchez Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team defeated Nicaragua 21-1 with the help of a Brittany Schutte grand-slam on Tuesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped ahead early in the top of the first inning courtesy five singles, two doubles and a triple, giving the team a 9-0 lead. Team USA extended its lead in the top of the second with six runs scored on five hits and followed with runs in the fourth inning to give the U.S. its biggest win of the tournament. 

Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.), Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.). 

Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out four batters in the winning performance. Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) each spent an inning on the mound, scattering one hit and striking out two batters. Mabel Sanchez suffered the loss for Nicaragua.

Key Moments

• A pair of singles by Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) and Lahners put runners on base for Underwood, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with a double to center field.
• With a runner in scoring position, Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) singled up the middle to make the score 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Underwood scored from third on a Nicaragua error, making it 4-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Womack knocked a double into right field to push Whitmore across the plate and put the score at 5-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Cobb single put two more runs on the board for Team USA in the top of the first inning, making the score 7-0.
• Lansdell sent a run home with an RBI triple to deep right center to put the score at 8-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Hugo sac-fly capped a nine run inning for Team USA.
• Nicaragua used a sac-fly to put one run on the board in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 9-1.
• Cobb's two-run double to left center put the U.S. ahead 11-1 in the top of the second inning.
• Lahners hit a three RBI double to center field in the top of the second inning to extend the U.S. lead to 14-1.
• Underwood knocked an RBI single up the middle for a 15-1 Team USA lead in the top of the second inning.
• Lansdell and Benites led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and double, respectively, and both scored when Jorge collected her first hit of the tournament to make the score 16-1.
• In Schutte's first at-bat of the tournament, she knocked a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for her first career grand slam in the top of the fourth inning, giving the U.S. a 20-1 lead.
• A Womack sac-fly allowed Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) to score her first run of the tournament and give Team USA a final score of 21-1 in the fourth inning.

Notable Information

• Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (2-for-3), Kylee Lahners (3-for-3), Malaika Underwood (2-for-3), Brittany Womack (2-for-4), Michelle Cobb (2-for-3) and Ashton Lansdell (3-for-4).
• Sara Tobias earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out four batters in her first start of the tournament.
• In her first at-bat of the tournament, Schutte cleared the bases with a grand-slam over the right field wall in the top of the fourth inning.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through three games, hitting .889 (8-for-9) with three singles, four doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Wednesday, August 21 against Canada at 9 a.m. CT at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

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Team USA Crushes Dominican Republic 19-2 in Four Innings

A 12-run second inning catapulted Team USA to victory
August 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DOM REP 0 0 2 0 x x x 2 6 1
USA 3 12 4 x x x x 19 9 0
Win: B. Schutte Loss: Y. Kim Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team dominated the Dominican Republic 19-2 in game two of the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with the help of a 12-run second inning on Monday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a bases-loaded single to right field by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) that scored three runs. Team USA extended its lead in the bottom of the second with 12 runs scored on five hits. 

Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Underwood both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was the starting pitcher for Team USA in game two and collected the win, scattering three hits and striking out three batters. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Ashton Lansdell (Mariette, Ga.) all tossed the ball in relief. They combined for two runs on three hits and each struck out one batter. 

Key Moments

• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) led off the bottom of the first with a double to right and Lahners and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) followed with walks to load the bases for Underwood, whose single to right scored three runs for Team USA, making it 3-0.
• Three walks loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Lahners, whose double to centerfield extended the lead to 5-0.
• Gortarez hit a double to center field to score Hugo, who reached base on a walk, for a 6-0 lead.
• Gortarez and Lahners scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Underwood to make the score 8-0 in the bottom of the second.
• Whitmore made it 9-0 when she sent Underwood home on a double to center field in the second inning.
• Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va) and Whitmore extend the U.S. lead to 11-0 in the second inning when they scored on a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, respectively.
• Lahners doubled in the second inning and gave the red, white, and blue a 13-0 lead, sending Lansdell and AJ Hamilton (Tallahasee, Fla.)
• Two more runs scored for Team USA in the second inning courtesy of a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, ending the inning at 15-0.
• The Dominican Republic put up two runs in the top of the third inning to make a 15-2 game.
• Hamilton reached base on an error by the first baseman to lead off the bottom of the third inning and scored on a fielder's choice by Hugo, making the score 16-2.
• A fielders choice and a single by Hugo and Landsell put runners on first and second for Lahners, who cleared the bases with a three-run homer over the left field wall in the bottom fo the third, allowing Team USA to end the game due to the run rule.

Notables

• Kylee Lahners (3-for-3) and Malaika Underwood (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.
• Brittany Schutte was the winning pitcher for Team USA, starting on the bump and scattering three hits while striking out three batters.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through the first two games, hitting .833 (5-for-6) with a single, three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Tuesday, August 20 against Nicaragua at 12 p.m. CT at the Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

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Team USA Dominates Venezuela 15-5

Two home runs aided Team USA in the Sunday morning victory
August 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VEN 2 0 1 0 2 0 x 5 9 0
USA 0 1 0 1 1 11 1 15 13 2
Win: J. Mackay Loss: A. Jedemeza Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team opened up the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in a 15-5 walk-off victory over Venezuela with the help of two home runs on Sunday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. trailed 5-4 when the team pushed 11 runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning to catapult them to a game one win. The final run was scored by Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who reached home on a walk-off single by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif). 

Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), Lahners, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.), Underwood and Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.).

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Hugo sent Team USA's first two home runs of the tournament over the right field and left field walls, respectively. Baltzell's blast put the U.S. on the board in the second inning and Hugo's homer was a two-run shot that gave the team its first lead of the game. 

Marti Semetelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out one batter. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif) came in as relief and notched the win, giving up just one hit and no runs in her one inning of action. Angelina Jedemeza suffered the loss for Venezuela. 

Key Moments

• Venezuela took an early lead in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits.
• Baltzell sent Team USA's first home run over the right field wall to cut the deficit in half 2-1 in the second inning.
• Venezuela put up one more run in the top of the third, extending its lead to 3-1.
• Underwood led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right field and reached third base on a double steal before scoring on a Whitmore singled through the right side making the score 3-2.
• Venezuela continued to score against the U.S. pitching staff, taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
• Hugo and Lahners led of the bottom of the fifth with a walk and a double, respectively, and scored on a Gortarez single, putting the game at 5-4.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) hit a lead-off single to left in the bottom of the sixth and Hugo followed with a two-run shot over the left field wall to give Team USA its first lead of the game, 6-5.
• Lahners reached on a hit-by-pitch, Gortarez followed with a double to left field, and Underwood was walked to load the bases for Baltzell. Lahners scored when Venezuela chose to intentionally walk Baltzell, giving the U.S. a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
• Whitmore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and sent Gortarez home with a single to center field for an 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Kimbrell was walked with the bases loaded, allowing Underwood to cross the plate and give Team USA a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and Lansdell also picked up an RBI-walk to score Baltzell, extending the U.S. lead to 10-5.
• Hugo collected her third hit of the game with a single up the middle that moved Kimbrell and Whitmore across the plate, putting Team USA up 12-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Lahners doubled to left center field in her second at-bat of the sixth inning, scoring Hugo and Lansdell to make it a 14-5 ball-game.
• Underwood ended the game with a walk-off single to right field that scored Lahners and gave Team USA a 15-5 run-rule victory in the sixth inning.

Notable Information

• Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (3-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-3), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (2-for-4) and Kelsie Whitmore (2-for-4).
• Jamie Mackay collected the win for the U.S., scattering one hit in her one inning of relief.
• Megan Baltzell and Alex Hugo each hit home runs on the contest. Baltzell's solo shot gave Team USA its first run of the game and Hugo's two-run blast gave the team its first lead at 6-5.
• Alex Hugo led the red, white, and blue offensively in game one, hitting .750 (3-for-4) with a single, a double, a home run and four RBIs in the contest.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continues action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Monday, August 19 against the Dominican Republic immediately following the completion of the opening ceremony at the Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Stay tuned to social media for an updated start time.

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Team USA Walks-Off Canada in Exhibition Matchup

Anna Kimbrell knocked in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh
August 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CAN 3 0 3 2 0 3 0 11 13 0
USA 0 1 1 7 2 0 1 12 20 3
Win: A. Lansdell Loss: A. Asay Save: None
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CALVILLO, Mexico - A walk-off to center field in the seventh inning by Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) led the USA Baseball Women's National Team to a 12-11 victory over Canada in the team's final exhibition game on Friday at Parque de Beisbol in Calvillo, Mexico. 

The U.S. will begin the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18, at 9 a.m. CT in a matchup against Venezuela.

Seven U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performers, including Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calf.), Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), who each tallied three hits apiece. 

It was an offensive game for both teams, with Canada jumping out to an 8-2 lead after the home half of the fourth inning. But, Team USA gained its first lead in the bottom half of the fourth with seven runs scored and plated another two in the fifth. With the game tied at 11-11 in the home half of the seventh, Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) led off the inning with a double and Kimbrell knocked her in two batters later to win the game.

Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, tossing three strikeouts and allowing six runs on five hits across two innings of work. Lansdell came in as relief in the second inning and only allowed two runs on two hits while sitting down four batters. She picked up the victory for Team USA while Canadian reliever Amanda Asay suffered the loss. 

Key Moments 

• Canada jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on three hits in the first inning.
• With two outs in the second inning, Lansdell and Hugo hit back-to-back singles to put Lansdell in scoring position for Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), who pushed her across the plate with a single to center, making it 3-1.
• Canada put up three more runs in the top of the third inning to extend its lead to 6-1.
• Baltzell led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to left field and stole second before Whitmore sent her home on a sac-fly to right field and put the score at 6-2.
• Canada extended its lead to 8-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
• Hugo led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field and Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.), who came in to pinch run, advanced to third when Gortarez singled up the middle. Gortarez stole second and the two scored on a single off the bat off Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif) to cut the deficit in half, 8-4.
• Underwood stole second and crossed the plate in the next at-bat when Baltzell knocked the ball into right field, putting the score at 8-5 in the fourth inning.
• Baltzell advanced to second base when Whitmore was hit by a pitch and made it an 8-6 game in the fourth inning on a single up the middle by Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.).
• Whitmore moved to second base on Cobb's single, third base on a walk to Kimbrell, and put Team USA within one on a single through the left side by Lansdell, making the score 8-7 in the fourth.
• Benites came back in to run for Kimbrell and, along with Cobb, was sent home by a Hugo single to left field to end the fourth inning with its first lead of the game at 9-8.
• Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) came in to pinch run for Baltzell after she hit a lead off single. Whitmore followed with a single of her own in the next at-bat and Lahners pushed them both across the plate with a two RBI single to left to give the U.S. an 11-8 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
• Canada scored three runs in the top of the sixth and tied the game at 11. The Canadians held off the U.S. effort in the bottom half of the inning and failed to put a run across in the top of the seventh, giving Team USA the opportunity to win in the bottom frame.
• Whitmore led off the final frame with a double to center field and Kimbrell's walk-off single to center knocked her in to give Team USA a 12-11 win.

Notables

• Ashton Lansdell collected the win for the U.S., tossing two strikeouts and a walk and allowing two runs on two hits in two innings pitched.
• The U.S. and Canada combined for 33 hits in the contest with 20 coming from the Team USA offense.
• Four Team USA athletes notched three hits in the game, they include Alex Hugo (3-for-5), Jade Gortarez (3-for-3), Megan Baltzell (3-for-5) and Ashton Lansdell (3-for-4).

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will open up play in the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18 at 9 a.m. CT against Venezuela. 

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Team USA Falls to Texas Dirtbags 10-1 in Training Finale

Malaika Underwood led the team offensively with a single and scoring Team USA's lone run
August 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DB 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 10 9 0
USA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
Win: Hill Loss: A. Hugo Save: None
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CARROLLTON, Texas - The Women's National Team fell to the Texas Dirtbags 10-1 on Tuesday at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. The game marked the end of the national team training as Team USA will now compete in the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships, beginning on Sunday, August 18.

Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) led Team USA offensively, singling in her only at-bat of the contest and scoring Team USA's lone run in the fourth inning.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) tossed a solid two innings as the starter for the red, white, and blue, scattering two hits and striking out one batter without allowing a run. Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also held the Dirtbags scoreless in her two innings of relief, striking out two batters. 

Key Moments

• Malaika Underwood singled to lead off the fourth, moved around to third on a groundout by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and scored on a Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) RBI groundout that gave Team USA a 1-0 lead.
• The Dirtbags controlled the game after a six-run fifth and collected insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to finalize the score at 10-1.

Notable Information

• Malaika Underwood led Team USA offensively, singling in her only at-bat of the contest and scoring for Team USA in the fourth inning.
• Marti Sementelli started for Team USA and scattered two hits while striking out one batter with no runs scored. 
• Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) led Team USA during its first two exhibition games, batting .667 (2-for-3) with two singles and one run.
• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) took the loss for Team USA, giving up three runs on one hit and walking one batter.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will travel to Aguascalientes, Mexico, where they will play an exhibition game against Canada on Friday, August 16.
• Team USA will open up play at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18. The matchup for game one will be announced later this week.

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

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Team USA Drops First Training Game, 17-6, to Texas Dirtbags

Denae Benites led the team, going 2-for-3 with one run scored
August 12, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 6 7 1
DB 1 2 6 0 3 5 x 17 24 2
Win: Slate Loss: S. Tobias Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Training Stats
 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Women's National Team opened up training for the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with a 17-6 loss against the Texas Dirtbags on Monday at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) aided the effort, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Team USA earned four runs in the fifth inning to end the Dirtbags shutout. Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for Team USA, she allowed three runs on five hits in two innings pitched and took the loss. The rest of the pitching staff, including Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.), and Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), combined for five strikeouts.  

The Dirtbags used a six run third inning and a five run sixth to propel them to victory. The Dirtbags' pitching staff put together nine strikeouts. 

Key Moments

• The Dirtbags opened the game with with one run scored in the first inning and two scored in the second before collecting six in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead over Team USA.
• Kate Blunt (Ladera, Calif.), who came in to run for Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) after she led off the fifth with a walk, moved around the bases on a pair of singles by Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mills, S.C) and Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) and scored on an error to break the Team USA scoring drought and make the score 9-1.
• Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.) pinch ran for Kimbrell in the fifth and scored on the error that pushed Blunt across the plate to put the score at 9-2.
• Amanda Gianelloni (Napolenonville, La.) reached base and advanced to second on the error that allowed Blunt and Womack to score. She was pushed across the plate along with Benites on an error to cut the deficit to 9-4 in the fifth.
• Baltzell led off the sixth inning with a triple to left field and scored on a pass ball, the Dirtbags still led the game 12-5.
• Blunt, who pinch ran for Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) crossed the plate on a Gianelloni sac-fly to in the sixth inning for Team USA's final run, making the score 12-6.
• The Dirtbags scored five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. before the game came to an end with a final score of 17-6.

Notable Information

• Denae Benites led Team USA, going 2-for-3 with two singles and one run.
• Amanda Gianelloni collected three RBIs in the contest, allowing Blunt and Womack to score.

Up Next

• Game two of the Women's National Team Training will take place against the Texas Dirtbags on Tuesday, August 13, at 5:00 p.m. CT at Hawks Field in Carrollton, Texas.

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• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 Women's National Team Roster

Twenty-woman roster will compete in COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships
August 11, 2019

CARROLLTON, Texas - USA Baseball announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2019 Women's National Team on Sunday. Following training, the Women's National Team will compete in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

"We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent and passion on this roster," said USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher. "This is an incredibly strong group of athletes that we are confident will represent the U.S. well both on and off the field as we look to secure another gold medal and qualify for next year's world championship."

In total, 15 alumni of the USA Baseball Women's National Team are returning to the roster in 2019, including 11 members of the U.S. team that claimed gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) were also members of the most recent world champion Women's National Team in 2006.

2019 marks Underwood's tenth time suiting up for Team USA, breaking her own record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team for the second year in a row. She has won two gold medals while appearing on every Women's National Team since 2006. Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (7) and Houston Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch (6), hold the next closest marks.

In addition to national team alumni, the roster features five athletes that will make their USA Baseball national team debut in 2019, including Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.), who both participated in the 2018 Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials.

Benites, along with Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), also competed in at least one of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball's joint girl's baseball development opportunities, created to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States, including the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series and Development Camp, the MLB GRIT Invitational and the Trailblazer Series.

All of the athletes on the final 2019 Women's National Team roster participated in the 2019 Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) that ran from August 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas.

Five-time Team USA alum and 2018 Women's National Team Assistant Coach, Veronica Alvarez, is making her managerial debut in 2019. She will be joined on staff by Reynol Mendoza, who will serve as the team's pitching coach, as well as assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr., and Alex Oglesby.

The 2019 Women's National Team will train in Carrollton, Texas, from August 11-14 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the COBAPE Women's Pan-American Championships. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup, with each of the top four finishers at the Pan American Championships earning a bid to next year's world championship tournament.

For more information on the Women's National Team, follow on Twitter at @USABaseballWNT.

2019 Women's National Team roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*^Megan Baltzell; OF; Stafford, Va.
^Denae Benites; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
^Kate Blunt; IF/RHP; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
*^Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Wash.
*^Amanda Gianelloni; IF/OF; Napoleonville, La.
*^Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
*^AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
*^Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
^Alexia Jorge; C/IF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
*^Anna Kimbrell; C/OF; Fort Mill, S.C.
*^Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
*^Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
^Jamie Mackay; C/RHP; Newport Beach, Calif.
*^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/IF; Sterling, Va.
*^Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Fountain Valley, Calif.
*^Marti Sementelli; RHP/IF; West Newton, Mass.
*^Sara Tobias; RHP/OF; New York, N.Y.
*^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
*^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
^Brittany Womack; OF/RHP; Escondido, Calif.

*Denotes National Team alumna
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Stripes Finish WNTDP with 7-1 Triumph Over Stars

The Stripes swept the three-game series against the Stars with Friday's win
August 9, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRIPES 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 7 7 1
STARS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 4
Win: B. Schutte Loss: A. Lansdell Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Stripes ended the Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) with a 7-1 triumph over the Stars to secure a series sweep on Friday afternoon at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. 

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) continued to dominate for the Stripes, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Jaime Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) was an essential member of the Stars Friday as she finished with a single and a run scored to end the shutout.

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) threw the win for the Stripes, scattering one hit and sitting down two batters in two innings of work. Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) tossed one strikeout in her effort on the mound as she collected the loss for the Stars. 

Key Moments

• Maddy Lewis (Alameda, Calif.) scored in the first inning after she reached base on a hit-by-pitch and stole second to put herself in scoring position for Baltzell who hit a double that pushed her a cross the plate and gave the Stripes a 1-0 advantage.
• Following her RBI double, Baltzell advanced to third on a wild pitch and Gortarez drew a walk to put two runners on for Beth Greenwood (Amherst, N.H.) to send home with a single to left field, making it 3-0 for the Stripes in the first.
• Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) hit a lead-off single, advanced to second on a walk to Lewis and made it to third on a groundout before scoring on a balk to make it 4-0 in the Stripes favor in the fourth inning.
• Lewis then reached home on a sac-fly to center field by Baltzell, giving the Stripes a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning.
• Gortarez led off the fifth inning with a walk, moved to second on an error, and put the Stripes up 6-0 when a throwing error allowed her to cross the plate.
• Baum singled and came around to score on a Benites double to right field to put a run on the board for the Stars in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 6-1.
• Remi Schaber led off the seventh with a walk and travelled around the bases on a fly out and a ground out before reaching home on a balk to finalize the 7-1 win for the Stripes.

Notable Information

• The Stripes swept the three game set with the 7-1 victory on Friday.
• AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the Stripes with a .600 batting average (3-for-5), one single, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in the event.
• Megan Baltzell was a dominate figure for the Stripes as she ended the WNTDP batting .571 (4-for-7) and collecting two singles, a double, a triple, three RBIs and four runs.
• Kylee Lahners led the way for the Stars, batting .500 (3-for-6) with two singles and the only home run of the WNTDP. She also knocked in two RBIs and scored one run.

Up Next

• The final 20-player 2019 Women's National Team roster will be announced on Sunday, August 11. The team will begin training for the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Monday, August 12.

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

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