OKLAHOMA CITY The mighty U.S. Olympic softball team struck out.
Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the three-time defending gold medalists Wednesday, ending the U.S. team's 185-game winning streak in pre-Olympic exhibitions.
It was the American team's first loss in a pre-Olympic exhibition since May 3, 1996. During that span, the U.S. team outscored opponents 1,475-24.
Tincher struck out 10 and allowed one baserunner on a one-out walk to Kelly Kretschman in the second inning.
"My hat goes off to Angela Tincher," U.S. coach Mike Candrea said. "She pitched a great ballgame. I told our team what she was capable of and told them to be ready to go. But she came out firing and really kept us off our game."