HERMOSILLO, Mexico - The USA Softball Menís National Team were shutout 7-0 by Argentina in round robin play on day two of the 2006 Pan American Softball Championships. The team put up five hits including a double by Lucas Goring (St. Paul, Minn.) but was unable to string enough hits together for a run.
The U.S. started out strong with both Omar Moraga (Tucson, Ariz.) and Kyle Magnusson (Salt Lake City, Utah) collecting singles but both were stranded on base.
Argentina put its first two runners on base off a single by Magonal Mavian and an error by third baseman Gregg Cascaes. Pintos Juan, who reached on the error, would not spend much time on the base paths as Petric Fernando popped up into a double play. Despite the double play, Argentina still managed to put two runs and take an early 2-0 lead.
In the third inning Argentina increased its lead to 4-0 when a hard hit single by Guanerci Gusavo scored Juan, who reached on a walk, and Fernando who singled.
It looked like the fourth inning was the inning for the Red, White and Blue as Chad Ferguson (Battle Creek, Mich.) led off with a single and Goring followed with a double but Ferguson he was thrown out at home in the attempt to score. The next two batters were out halting the USA scoring drive.
After scoring one run in the fourth, Argentina got all the runs they needed in the sixth to keep the game from going seven innings. Mavian, who was 2-for-4 on the day, singled for two RBI to give Argentina a 7-0 shutout victory over the United States.
Tony Peeples (San Miguel, Calif.), throwing a complete game, suffered his first loss of the tournament. In six innings of work he allowed five earned runs on eights hits and struck out two.
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