Australia continues to build momentum after winning its second game in two days at the 2010 IBAF Womens World Cup, a 4-0 shutout of Chinese Taipei Estadio Aviación in Maracay.
A dominating pitching display from sixteen-year-old Melinda Latimer, and outstanding defense, was the difference in the low scoring game.
In her international pitching debut, Latimer was sensational striking out eight in four innings, whilst only allowing one hit and three walks.
Laura Neads relieved relieved Latimer and continued the shutout, striking out two in three innings.
With the bat, it was a tough day for the Australians, scoring in only three innings. They opened the scoring in the second after Bronwyn Gell knocked in Kim McMillan who reached on a walk.
In the fifth, Shae Lillywhite and and Christina Kreppold combined to score Australia's second run, whilst in the seventh, Australia added two insurance runs thanks largely to some clutch hitting by Katie Gaynor with a two-out two-RBI single.
With the bat, Gell, Lillywhite and Kreppold each collected two hits apiece, with Gaynor knocking in two.
Coach John Gaynor was delighted with the team's resolve and calm under pressure during the tight game.
"We had a couple of tough innings with none out and multiple runners on, but the girls held steady and came through with the win.
"Mindy (Melinda) was just outstanding in her debut today and I think the whole team fed off her performance," Gaynor added.
The team now plays Venezuela at 7pm Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEST). It isAustralia's final pool match after being placed in pool A with Canada, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and Netherlands.
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