Softball: Italy 1, New Zealand 0
BLACKTOWN, Australia (AP) _ Jie Hua’s RBI single in the fifth inning helped Italy beat New Zealand 1-0 on Wednesday and kept alive the Italians’ slim hopes of making the medal round.
Italy (2-3) would have been virtually eliminated with a loss. Even so, the Italians must still play powerhouses Japan and the United States, as does New Zealand (2-3).
Gina Weber pitched in her fifth consecutive game for the Kiwis. She came in to start the fifth and walked leadoff hitter Francesca Francolini, then threw a wild pitch to move the runner to second before Hua singled _ one of just two Italy hits.
Yue Fen Sun and Nicole Di Salvio combined on a three-hitter for Italy.
The top four in the eight-team tournament make the medal round after the seven-game round-robin.