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Mercado and USA Crush Czechs in Jr. World Champs Day 2, 13-0
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 07/02/2013
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BRAMPTON, Ont. - University of Oregon freshman Danica Mercado and the USA Softball Junior National Team cruised to a four-inning ISF Junior World Championship win for the second straight day with a 13-0 decision over the Czech Republic Tuesday.

Team USA banged out 13 hits in 20 at-bats, while the American pitchers combined on a perfect game.

A substitute at designated player, Mercado was one of eight U.S. players that hit safely, thanks to her third-inning triple.

Four American players collected multiple hits - Emily Crane (3-for-3, RBI), Mysha Sataraka (2-for-2, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB), Kelsey Stewart (2-for-2, RBI, BB) and Lee Ann Spivey (2-for-3).

Pitcher Erica Nunn notched the win after she struck out eight of her nine batters faced in three innings. Jailyn Ford pitched the final inning and logged two strikeouts.

“The team jumped on the Czech Republic pretty early,” USA Head Coach Tairia Flowers said. “We stayed in the game and continued to work on our game, like going opposite field and reading the defense.  The girls did a great job of staying focused throughout all four innings.”

For the Czechs, starter Barbora Skopkova pitched the first two innings, struck out none, walked three, yielded eight hits, and nine earned runs.

Jana Furkova worked the final inning, struck out one, walked none, gave up five hits, and four earned runs.

The Temecula, Calif., Mercado hit safely for the second straight game after she went 1-for-2 with a double, RBI and two runs Monday in a 10-0 win over Great Britain.

Team-wise after two games, the U.S. is outscoring opponents 23-0, batting .564 and has a 1.000 slugging percentage.  Every hitter on the roster has recorded a hit except Jessica Plaza (who has drawn two walks in three at-bats), and Sataraka leads the team with eight RBI.

Mercado's teammate - Duck frosh Cheridan Hawkins - and the American pitching staff has combined for a total of 19 strikeouts over eight innings of work.

Hawkins got the win in the opener vs. Great Britain after she pitched three scoreless innings and struck out all nine batters she faced swinging.

Looking ahead, Team USA will play two games on Wednesday vs. Puerto Rico and Canada at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Links for both games follow for LIVE STATS and LIVE VIDEO ($10 Canadian tournament subscription).

 

BOXSCORE
Czech Republic 0 United States 13



                                 YTD                                   YTD
CZE                AB  R  H BI   AVG  USA                AB  R  H BI   AVG
N.Matejkova SS      2  0  0  0  .000  H.McCleney CF       0  0  0  0  .500
T.Krbcova RF        2  0  0  0  .250   D.Mercado DP,PR    2  2  1  1  .500
S.Vitkova 3B        2  0  0  0  .143  K.Stewart 2B        2  2  2  1 1.000
K.Labova 1B         1  0  0  0  .000  E.Crane CF,DP       3  2  3  1  .833
J.Havlikova C       1  0  0  0  .000  M.Sataraka 1B       2  3  2  6  .600
J.Furkova DP,P      1  0  0  0  .000  S.Lawrence LF       1  1  0  0  .333
K.Klimplova 2B      1  0  0  0  .000  L.Young 3B          3  0  1  0  .200
B.Adamickova CF     1  0  0  0  .000  L.Spivey C          3  1  2  0  .667
A.Bekova LF         1  0  0  0  .000  A.Hawkins RF        3  1  1  0  .600
                                      A.Aguilar SS        1  1  1  2 1.000
                   12  0  0  0                           20 13 13 11

CZE                  0 0 0   0 -  0  0  0
USA                  3 3 7   x - 13 13  0
2B--A.Aguilar (1). 3B--D.Mercado (1), L.Spivey (1). HR--M.Sataraka 2 (2).
RBI--D.Mercado (2), K.Stewart (1), E.Crane (2), M.Sataraka  6 (8),
A.Aguilar  2 (2). HP--S.Lawrence 2 (2), A.Aguilar (1). SB--H.McCleney 2
(2), K.Stewart (1), M.Sataraka (1). CS--K.Stewart (1). 
LOB--CZE 0, USA 4. DP--S. Vitkova(3B) - K. Labova(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 CZE
B.Skopkova (L,0-1)              2.0   8   9   9   3   0   1   31.50
J.Furkova                       1.0   5   4   4   0   1   1   28.00
                                3    13  13  13   3   1   2
 USA
E.Nunn (W,1-0)                  3.0   0   0   0   0   8   0    0.00
J.Ford                          1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                4     0   0   0   0  10   0
HB--B.Skopkova 3 (3). SO--N.Matejkova, T.Krbcova 2, S.Vitkova 2, K.Labova,
J.Havlikova, J.Furkova, K.Klimplova, B.Adamickova, S.Lawrence.
BB--H.McCleney, K.Stewart, M.Sataraka. BF--B.Skopkova 18 (18), J.Furkova 8
(8), E.Nunn 9 (9), J.Ford 3 (3). P-S--B.Skopkova 39-18, J.Furkova 12-10,
E.Nunn 15-15, J.Ford 3-3. T--1:11.  



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