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Softball, Women

Date14 – 23 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Softbol, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon
Participants118 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament, with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals.

Though the United States had won gold medals in 1996 and 2000, their performance in 2004 softball was one of the most dominant ever in an Olympic team sport. The USA played nine games, won nine games, and outscored their opponents, 51-1. The lone run came in the final game against Australia, which lost 5-1. The US was led by four women who won their third consecutive gold medals: Laura Berg, Lisa Fernandez, Lori Harrigan, and Leah O’Brien-Amico. The media darling for the United States was pitcher Jennie Finch, known for her model good looks, which actually belied her superb pitching abilities. Shortly after the 2004 Olympics, the IOC voted to exclude softball (and baseball) from the Olympic Program after the 2008 Olympic Games.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsRFRA
1United StatesUSA9018511Gold
2AustraliaAUS73142624Silver
3JapanJPN54101811Bronze
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN3561521
5CanadaCAN346614
6Chinese TaipeiTPE254313
7GreeceGRE254624
8ItalyITA162825

Round-Robin (14 – 20 August 2004)

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

PosNOCWLPtsRuns
1USA701441–0Q
2AUS611222–14Q
3JPN43817–8q
4CHN34615–20q
5CAN3466–14
6TPE2543–13
7GRE2546–24
8ITA1628–25
Game #114 Aug 9:30AUS 4 – 2JPN
Game #214 Aug 12:00USA 7 – 0
5-inning mercy rule
ITA
Game #314 Aug 17:00CAN 2 – 0TPE
Game #414 Aug 19:30CHN 5 – 0GRE
Game #515 Aug 9:30JPN 6 – 0TPE
Game #615 Aug 12:00ITA 7 – 5CHN
Game #715 Aug 17:00USA 10 – 0
5-inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #815 Aug 19:30GRE 2 – 0CAN
Game #916 Aug 9:30CHN 4 – 2CAN
Game #1016 Aug 12:00USA 3 – 0
8-innings
JPN
Game #1116 Aug 17:00GRE 2 – 1ITA
Game #1216 Aug 19:30AUS 1 – 0TPE
Game #1317 Aug 9:30USA 4 – 0CHN
Game #1417 Aug 12:00CAN 1 – 0
8-innings
JPN
Game #1517 Aug 17:00TPE 2 – 0GRE
Game #1617 Aug 19:30AUS 8 – 0
5-inning mercy rule
ITA
Game #1718 Aug 9:30TPE 1 – 0ITA
Game #1818 Aug 12:00AUS 5 – 0
8-innings
CHN
Game #1918 Aug 17:00USA 7 – 0
5-inning mercy rule
CAN
Game #2018 Aug 19:30JPN 6 – 0GRE
Game #2119 Aug 9:30CHN 1 – 0TPE
Game #2219 Aug 12:00USA 7 – 0
5-inning mercy rule
GRE
Game #2319 Aug 17:00JPN 1 – 0ITA
Game #2419 Aug 19:30AUS 1 – 0CAN
Game #2520 Aug 9:30CAN 1 – 0ITA
Game #2620 Aug 12:00USA 3 – 0TPE
Game #2720 Aug 17:00AUS 3 – 2GRE
Game #2820 Aug 19:30JPN 2 – 0CHN

Semi-Finals (22 August 2004)

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 #122 Aug 9:30USA 5 – 0AUS
Game #222 Aug 12:00JPN 1 – 0
8-innings
CHN

Final Round (22 – 23 August 2004)

Winner of the Final advanced to the Grand Final.

Grand Final22 Aug 16:00USA 5 – 1AUS
Final23 Aug 17:00AUS 3 – 0JPN