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US 4, Taiwan 0

July 24, 1996

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Lori Harrigan allowed two hits and Sheila Cornell hit a two-run homer as the unbeaten U.S. women remained on target for a gold medal in Olympic softball with a 4-0 victory over Taiwan today.

Harrigan, of Las Vegas, was the fourth pitcher the United States has used in this competition. The four have allowed only one run as the Americans (4-0) have outscored their opponents 29-1.

Harrigan, 25, struck out five and didn’t walk any. The only hits for Taiwan (1-3) were a bloop single to center in the second inning by Ching Chieh Ou and a ground single to left in the sixth by Tzu Hsin Liu.

Cornell’s home run _ the team’s sixth in four games _ over the left field fence in the third inning gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead. It was her second homer in three games and gave her a team-leading six RBIs.

The United States scored a run in the first when Lisa Fernandez singled to drive in Dot Richardson, who led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second.

The Americans made it 2-0 in the second on a double by Michele Smith, a single by Laura Berg and a sacrifice fly by Shelly Stokes.

The United States, the only team without a loss in the eight-team tournament, plays Canada on Thursday night.

Each team plays seven games in the round-robin format. The top four advance to the semifinal round Monday. The medal games follow on Tuesday.