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U.S. Tops Russia in World Softball

July 30, 2002

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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.

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