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Softball, Women

Date17 – 26 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSoftball Centre, Blacktown Olympic Centre, Blacktown, New South Wales
Participants120 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament, with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals.

The United States had not lost a match in two years, winning 110 consecutive games, and were heavily favored going into Sydney. After winning two games, the USA lost to Japan, China, and Australia. With three losses, it was not certain they would make it to the elimination round. They responded with two victories over New Zealand and Italy, and qualified as the fourth team in pool play, but they would have to win three games to win the gold medal against the three teams that already defeated them. They began with a 3-0 victory over China, led by Stacey Newman’s 3-run homer. In a game against Australia, Lisa Fernandez pitched a one-hitter, and Dot Richardson drove in a run in the 5th inning, as they escaped with a 1-0 victory. The final saw Japan face the Americans again. The US only managed one hit in the game, but scratched out a 2-1 extra inning victory with tough pitching and astute baserunning by Jennifer McFalls, who scored from second on an outfield error in the 8th inning.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsRFRA
1United StatesUSA7314257Gold
2JapanJPN8116209Silver
3AustraliaAUS6312227Bronze
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN5310267
5ItalyITA254327
6New ZealandNZL2541222
7CubaCUB162630
8CanadaCAN1621318

Round-Robin (17 – 23 September 2000)

Round-robin pool, with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals.

PosNOCWLPtsRuns
1JPN701418–7Q
2AUS611222–5Q
3CHN521026–4q
4USA43819–6q
5ITA2543–27
6NZL25412–22
7CAN16213–18
8CUB1626–30
Game #117 Sep 10:30USA 6 – 0CAN
Game #217 Sep 13:00CHN 5 – 0ITA
Game #317 Sep 17:30JPN 4 – 1CUB
Game #417 Sep 20:00AUS 3 – 2
10-innings
NZL
Game #518 Sep 10:30JPN 3 – 1CHN
Game #618 Sep 13:00USA 3 – 0CUB
Game #718 Sep 17:30NZL 3 – 2
10-innings
CAN
Game #818 Sep 20:00AUS 7 – 0ITA
Game #919 Sep 10:30JPN 2 – 1
11-innings
USA
Game #1019 Sep 13:00ITA 1 – 0CUB
Game #1119 Sep 17:30CHN 10 – 0
6-inning mercy rule
NZL
Game #1219 Sep 20:00AUS 1 – 0CAN
Game #1320 Sep 10:30NZL 6 – 2CUB
Game #1420 Sep 13:00JPN 1 – 0AUS
Game #1520 Sep 17:30CAN 7 – 1ITA
Game #1620 Sep 20:00CHN 2 – 0
14-innings
USA
Game #1721 Sep 10:30ITA 1 – 0NZL
Game #1821 Sep 13:00AUS 2 – 1
13-innings
USA
Game #1921 Sep 17:30CHN 7 – 0CUB
Game #2021 Sep 20:00JPN 4 – 3
10-innings
CAN
Game #2122 Sep 10:30USA 2 – 0NZL
Game #2222 Sep 13:00CUB 2 – 1CAN
Game #2322 Sep 17:30AUS 1 – 0CHN
Game #2422 Sep 20:00JPN 2 – 0
8-innings
ITA
Game #2523 Sep 10:30AUS 8 – 1CUB
Game #2623 Sep 13:00CHN 1 – 0CAN
Game #2723 Sep 17:30JPN 2 – 1NZL
Game #2823 Sep 20:00USA 6 – 0ITA

Semi-Finals (25 September 2000)

Winner of the match between the first and second place of the round-robin phase advanced to the Grand Final, the loser advanced to the Final against the winner of the other semi-final.

Game #125 Sep 9:30JPN 1 – 0AUS
Game #225 Sep 12:00USA 3 – 0
10-innings
CHN

Final Round (25 – 26 September 2000)

Winner of the Final advanced to the Grand Final.

Grand Final26 Sep 22:00USA 2 – 1
8-innings
JPN
Final25 Sep 19:30USA 1 – 0AUS