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USA/Canada softball game suspended by rain

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Thursday's Olympic softball game between the United States and Canada was suspended by rain after three innings due to rain and lightning.

Canada was ahead 1-0 through three innings and was winning despite not getting a hit. The U.S. has yet to allow a hit in these Olympics after blanking Venezuela, 11-0, on Tuesday and 3-0 against Australia on Wednesday.

The Americans will play their regularly-scheduled game on Friday against Japan at noon and then shortly after complete the contest versus Canada.

It was a rough start to the game for USA pitcher Monica Abbott. She was called for an illegal pitch for her first pitch facing leadoff hitter Melanie Matthews. After another illegal pitch, Matthews hit a deep fly ball that Caitlin Lowe caught then dropped in center field for her first-ever National team error in over 100 games played.

Matthews went to second base on the play and moved to third on an another illegal pitch. Erin McLean was walked before Jennifer Yee lofted a sacrifice fly to left field.

"This was very much an uncharacteristic first inning for us," said USA coach Mike Candrea. "But we will get it turned around."

The Americans have won at the Olympics 16 straight times, going back to the 2000 Sydney Games.

The game was delayed by rain in the bottom of the second inning and seemed to settle down Abbott, who retired the final two batters of the inning.

Lovieanne Jung singled with one out in the third inning, but the Canadians then turned a double play to end the frame.

The rain started up again with Natasha Watley up to bat in the top of the fourth, ultimately suspending play.

In the first game of the day, Simmone Morrow homered twice for Australia in a 3-1 win over China. The rain subsided at night and Taiwan beat Venezuela, 3-0, while Japan won by the same score against the Netherlands.

08/14 11:13:11 ET


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