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Australia Romps China 7-1 in Softball

July 18, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Stacey Porter drove in the winning run and scored three times, leading Australia to a 7-1 victory over China in the bronze medal game at the World Cup of Softball on Monday.

With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, Porter singled to center off reliever Li Qi, scoring Belinda Wright and giving Australia a 2-1 lead. Tracey Mosley had two RBIs for Australia (3-2), including an RBI single in the five-run fifth.

Melanie Roche (2-1) gave up one run in 4 2-3 innings of relief for Australia.

China (2-4), which beat Canada 1-0 earlier in the day, finished fourth in the five-team tournament.

China 1, Canada 0

Xin Minhong drove in the only run with a pinch-hit single in the seventh.

Li Chunxia, who scored the only run of the game, reached base on a single off Kaila Holtz (0-2).

Li Qi (2-2) threw a three-hitter for China. She struck out six, walked two and hit one batter.

Canada (2-3), which handed the U.S. its first loss in three years on Thursday, finished in fifth place in the tournament.

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