News from MSU Media Relations--July 11

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett collected a hit Thursday night to help lead the United States Women's National Team to a 3-2 win over host Canada and the top seed in the medal rounds of the 2009 Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C.

Bramlett's base hit was her sixth in 10 at-bats, putting her batting average at a team second-highest .600. She has driven in a run, scored five times and stolen two of three bases while helping the U.S. to an 8-0 pool-play record.

Bulldog head coach Jay Miller saw his Red, White and Blue contingent fall behind for the first time in 37 innings Thursday night as the Canadians took a 2-0 lead through their first four at-bats.

The U.S. scored the decisive runs with a three-run fourth. With Caitlin Lowe and Natasha Watley on base, Jennie Finch hit a ground ball that snuck between the legs of Canada third baseman Kaleigh Rafter and scored both runners to knot the game at two runs each. Finch scored the winning run on a Lauren Lappin triple to right-center.

Canada threatened to even the game in the seventh, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate to preserve the United States' undefeated streak.

Miller's team opens the medal round at 3 p.m. CDT Friday, facing the California Gold Rush.

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