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US softball rolls to another big win

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Jessica Mendoza homered for the third time in two days, Jennie Finch pitched five more shutout innings, and the United States rolled to a 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei on Saturday.

The game was halted in the fifth inning by the mercy rule, the second time a Finch outing in Beijing hasn't gone the distance. She threw the first of back- to-back no-hitters for the U.S. this week, followed by Cat Osterman.

"They are too strong to defeat," said Chinese Taipei head coach Chang Chia- Hsing.

Mendoza, who homered twice in a game against Japan on Friday, blasted a solo shot on Saturday as part of a five-run rally in the third inning.

It all but sealed the Americans' 19th straight win in Olympic competition and a 4-0 record at the Beijing Olympics. They have outscored their opponents 36-1 so far.

"We are confident, but not overconfident," said Finch. "We respect our opposition."

Crystl Bustos and Lovieanne Jung joined Mendoza with two hits apiece in the game. All three players knocked in two runs.

Also on Saturday, Australia scored four runs in the seventh inning and beat New Zealand 8-0, Japan rolled to a 3-0 shutout of China and Venezuela blanked Canada 2-0.

08/16 10:28:51 ET

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