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Win boosts U.S. into gold game

This time, pitcher Lisa Fernandez's teammates come through and the United States softball team beat China 1-0 in 10 innings Monday to move into the gold-medal game.

Sheila Cornell hit a one-out, bases-loaded single and the Americans had their second straight thrilling victory over the Chinese.

Just three days ago, Fernandez's bid for a perfect game ended when Australia's first hit, a two-out, two-run homer by Joanne Brown, gave the Aussies a 2-1, 10-inning win and handed the United States its first loss in the Olympics and second in 111 games.

The Chinese failed to score, even allowed to start the extra inning with a runner on second base.

The U.S. team loaded the bases before Wang Lihong struck out Kim Maher. Cornell, who two nights earlier hit the winning homer off Wang, worked the count to 3-1 before singling up the middle to score Dot Richardson.

Cornell took two steps, broke into a grin and raised both arms. Richardson scored, then joined her teammates in a race to first base, where they mobbed Cornell.

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