United States 7, Japan 0
August 15, 2008
Mendoza (2 HRs), Watley power U.S. by Japan
Updated: August 20, 2008, 11:27 PM ET
BEIJING (ESPN.com news services) -- Jessica Mendoza hit a pair of two-run homers, Natasha Watley homered leading off the game and the U.S. Olympic softball team ran its winning streak to 17 with a 7-0 win over Japan -- the first of two games for the Americans.
Given a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Monica Abbott allowed a leadoff single in the first but nothing else. She dominated Japan over the next four, retiring 15 in a row before Friday's game was called by the international-run rule in the fifth.
There was no time to celebrate for the Americans, who had to quickly resume their suspended game with Canada afterward. The U.S. disposed of Canada 8-1 in the completion of the game started Thursday. That contest was suspended because of rain.