U.S. Tops Russia in World Softball
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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) _ Michele Smith pitched a no-hitter as the United States beat Russia 14-0 at the Softball World Championship on Monday.
It was the third no-hitter of Smith’s world championship career. Smith, who struck out four, almost had a perfect game, but a fielding error at the start of the fifth inning gave Russia its only baserunner.
The Americans are 4-0 in the tournament with four shutouts. They scored five runs in the third inning and six more in fourth. Russia fell to 1-3.
``This team is staying focused and getting the job done. We have to continue to get better every game,″ U.S. head coach Mike Candrea said.