Jenna Marston went 5-for-5 at the plate and got the win on the mound in Team USA's last game
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri shortstop Jenna Marston, one of 20 members of the 2010 USA Baseball Women’s National Team, is enjoying great success as Team USA is currently competing at the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Maracay, Venezuela.
Through five games so far, Team USA is currently 4-1. They dropped their first contest by a 5-1 final to Japan, but have bounced back to win four straight over Korea, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada, outscoring their opponents by a 45-1 margin in those contests.
Mizzou’s own Jenna Marston is making her name known on the national level, not only at the plate, but on the mound as well. Through five games, Marston is leading all Team USA members with an astonishing .733 batting average, as she’s raked in 11 hits in 15 at bats. She also leads the squad with four doubles, a .778 on base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She’s scored eight times, driven in three runs and has swiped three bags in as many attempts.
In USA’s 21-0 win over Korea, Marston went 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a walk, three runs and three RBI. She had another three hit day against Cuba, and in their 10-1 win over Canada, Marston was a perfect 5-for-5 with two more doubles and three runs scored.
While she’s helping guide USA to gold at the plate, she’s also been a big contributor as a pitcher. She’s gotten the start on the mound in Team USA’s last two games, earning wins in both contests. In her two starts, Marston has thrown six innings, allowing only three hits and a run while striking out three. Opponents are hitting only .150 off her, and her earned run average sits at just 1.17.
In her first win against Puerto Rico, Marston threw two perfect innings while recording a strikeout in Team USA’s 9-0 shutout win. Two days later, Marston got the nod again, this time throwing four innings, scattering three hits, giving up just one run and striking out two.
Marston and Team USA next play against host country Venezuela on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. CT. After that, they’ll face off against Australia on Friday, Aug. 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT before beginning the medal rounds. The semifinals are held on Aug. 21, with the championship game and third place game taking place on Aug. 22. Live stats are provided at USABaseball.com.
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