Softball star Finch to retire

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Jennie Finch, one of the most successful pitchers in softball history, has decided to end her playing career.

Finch, just 29 years old, will call it quits following the 2010 World Cup of Softball.

"Playing USA Softball has been more to me than I ever imagined possible," said Finch in a statement. "I could never have dreamed what an amazing ride this has been. I have been honored with so many amazing opportunities and I have to credit so many people; from the women before me to everyone at USA Softball to the fans and everyone involved in the sport who have made this such a special part of my life."

Finch first emerged as a softball star while pitching for the University of Arizona, where she set an NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60 and was a two-time winner of the nation's top softball player.

As a member of two U.S. Olympic teams, Finch won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Games and a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. Softball is no longer an Olympic sport.

Finch, a three-time World Cup champ, was named the USA Softball Player of the Year in 2009.


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