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Texas completes sweep of Sunbirds with 2-0 shutout

July 30, 2004 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - California Sunbirds News Release

Stockton, Calif. – The California Sunbirds continued their recent skid losing to the Texas Thunder, 2-0, on Thursday, July 29. The loss was the Sunbirds fourth straight dropping them to 12-31 overall on the season while the Thunder improved their league leading record to 27-11.

Shutout for the third consecutive game, the Sunbirds lone offensive gem came in the form of Jaime Foutch, who extended her hitting streak to six games, reaching safely in all six games of the Birds homestand. Over the two series, Foutch hit .438 going 7-for-16 with one Rbi. California threatened late in the sixth, getting two runs on with only one out, but the rally was killed as Barbara Moody was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a single up the middle.

The long ball was the weapon of choice for the Thunder for the second game in a row as they got on the board in the fourth inning on a two run shot by Selena Collins. The homerun was Collins’ fourth of the season putting her into a tie for the league lead with her teammate Clare Burnum and the Sunbirds’ Julie Marshall. Texas added one insurance run in the seventh as pinch-hitter, Stephanie Ramos, legged out an infield single which allowed the third run of the game to cross the plate.

Sunbirds’ starter, Jodie Cox, picked up her 19th loss of the season despite giving up just the two runs on the one mistake pitch to Collins. In her seven innings of work, Cox gave up six hits while striking out seven, pushing her league lead to 136 strikeouts on the season. Her counterpart, Peaches James, needed just the two runs as she picked up her ninth win of the season giving up five hits while striking out eight.

The Sunbirds are back in action on Saturday, July 31, as they travel to Arizona to take on the Heat in a three game series. They return home again on Wednesday, August 4, as they begin a nine game homestand beginning with the New England Riptide.

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