Saturday, March 29, 2008


The mighty U.S. Olympic softball team struck out.

Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the three-time defending gold medalists Wednesday night, ending the U.S. team's 185-game winning streak in pre-Olympic exhibitions.

It was the American team's first loss in a pre-Olympic exhibition since May 3, 1996. During that span, the U.S. team outscored opponents 1,475-24.

Tincher, a senior from Eagle Rock, VA struck out 10 and allowed one base runner on a one-out walk to Kelly Kretschman in the second inning.

Earlier, the U.S. defeated DePaul 23-0, running its record on the "Bound 4 Beijing" tour to 17-0.

The Hokies scored their only run in the second inning off Jennie Finch, one of 12 players on the U.S. squad that won gold at the 2004 Athens Games. Kelsey Hoffman led off with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Anna Zitt, who moved to third on a Finch's illegal pitch. Caroline Stolle's two-out bloop single scored Zitt.

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