Aug. 7, 2009
MARACAY, Venezuela - -
University of Louisville catcher Melissa Roth was 0 for 2 as USA Pan American Qualifier Team suffered its first loss with a 3-1 setback to Canada Friday in the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela. The USA. will have to win three games to get back to the Championship game beginning tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. (ET) against Argentina.
The winner of that game will advance to play another elimination game at 3:30 p.m. (ET). It will be the winner of Dominican Republic vs. Cuba/Venezuela.
Live stats will be provided for the remainder of the games at www.usasoftball.com
Melissa Roth's Friday Blog
"Today was a tough day for us battling with Canada and we came up a bit short. Now our road is a little longer but this is a true test to us to see how we bounce back. After the game we ate dinner at a place called Pizza Mia which was delicious and we were able to shake off the loss and have a good time in each other company. Tomorrow is a brand new day!"
About Melissa Roth
As a junior, Roth led the Cardinals in virtually every offensive category this season including team-high numbers in batting average (.444), home runs (16), RBI (53), runs scored (64), slugging percentage (.870) and on-base percentage (.566). The 2009 BIG EAST Player of the Year, and NFCA All-America selection. The All-Great Lakes Region team member and was also a four-time league Player of the Week this season. Roth recently became the first Louisville player to be invited to the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp and member of the USA Softball National Team Program.
About the Pan American Qualifier
The Pan American qualifier consists of 22 teams and will qualify the USA for the ISF Women's Fast Pitch World Championships next year in Oklahoma City as well as the Pan American Games in 2011 held in Guadalajara, Mexico.