T'AI-NAN CITY, Taiwan — Chinese Taipei proved on Friday its win over the USA a day earlier was no fluke as it cruised to advanced to the gold medal game of the World University Championship with 5-1 victory.
Clearly the more aggressive team on this day, Chinese Taipei out hit the USA, 12-4, to move on while the USA must face Japan to earn a spot in the gold medal game.
Chinese Taipei took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Lee Chin ripped a two out triple and scored off a double by Hsueh. Both hits came off U.S. starter Katie Burkhart.
A defensive miscue sparked the opening of a three-run burst from the host team in the third. A lack of communication by first baseman Christina Clark and third baseman Lauren Lappin resulted in a collision in front of the pitcher’s mound that allowed the batter to reach base. Burkhart struck out the leadoff hitter, Chen, but gave up a single to Lai. Lee Chiu singled to second and was followed by a single to center from Lu Hsueh and a single to right from Tung YC. Angela Tincher relieved Burkhart with the score 3-0 and walked the first batter she faced to push the Chinese Taipei lead to 4-0.
A two-out rally in the fifth was the only time the USA could muster any offense. Sarah Fekete reached on an errant throw from the catcher, and Clark singled to break up Chinese Taipei starter Chuen’s no-hit bid. Kristie Fox singled home the Red, White and Blue’s only run of the game as her base hit plated Clark. Wu Chia-Yen took the mound and struck out Callista Balko to end rally.
A final run in the sixth inning gave Chinese Taipei a 5-1 win and its second consecutive trip to the gold medal game at the World University Championships.
The USA faces Japan on Saturday for the opportunity to advance to the gold medal game against Chinese Taipei.
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