10-19-2011 USA Defeats Cuba 3-0



Pan American Games
October 19, 2011
Guadalajara Mexico


Note:  USA plays two games again today: Cuba at 2pm, Puerto Rico at 5pm.

Note:  Log on to the USA softball web site for cumulative stats after three games.  Six players are batting .500 or better.


Cuba proved to be the toughest opponent the USA has faced.


Top 1st: Jordan Taylor pitching for USA.  Hurled no-hitter in first game.  Today, struck out Gomez but Puentes singled.  Struck out Aviles, but Toledo singled to left.  Castellon struck out.  3 Ks but 2 hits.

Bottom 1st: Marlen Bubaire pitching for Cuba.  Michelle Moultrie led off for USA; lined to 1st.  Rhea Taylor popped to 2nd.  Stacy May-Johnson grounded to 3rd.


Top 2nd:  Soto grounded to 3rd.  Ocana struck out looking.  Napoles  grounded to 1st.

Bottom 2nd:  Kaitlin Cochran recorded the first USA hit, a bunt single. But, Cochran was called out for leaving early (two such calls last night snuffed a USA rally). Jenae Leles, leading the USA squad with 6 rbi, popped to 3rd. Valerie  Arioto lined to short.


Top 3rd:  Acosta grounded to 2nd.  Gomez walked.  Puentes grounded to short.  Aviles fouled out.

Bottom 3rd:  Meagan May popped to 2nd.  Molly Johnson singled to left, the second USA hit, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Lauren Gibson slugged her second triple of the Games, rbi.  Gibson scored on Moultrie’s sac fly.  Taylor singled.  May-Johnson at bat; Taylor out for leaving early.  USA 2-0.


Top 4th:  Toledo struck out.  Castellon singled up the middle, third hit off Taylor.  Soto flied out to left; Castellon was doubled off 1st 7-6-3.

Bottom 4th:  Yarisleldy pitching for Cuba.  May-Johnson struck out.  Cochran popped to 2nd. Leles walked.  Arioto flied to center.


Top 5th:  Ocana grounded to 3rd; Napoles grounded to 2nd.  Acosta singled to short, then stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch.  Gomez grounded to 2nd.

Bottom 5th:  May looked at a third strike.  Johnson flied to center.  Gibson grounded to 2nd.


Top 6th:  Puentes reached on fielding error by Molly Johnson at short.  Aviles struck out, Taylor’s sixth.  Toledo struck out.  Castellon grounded to 2nd.

Bottom 6th:  Moultrie Moulrie walked.  Taylor popped to short.  May-Johnson singled through left side;  Taylor Hoagland in to run. Cochran singled to left, Moultrie scored, 3-0.  Leles walked, loading the bases.  Orgeron running for Leles.  Arioto, who has 4 runs in first two games, but is hitless, ground into a 6-4-3 double play.


Top 7th:  Whitney Canion relieved Taylor who gave up 4 hits while striking out seven. Down 3-0. Cuba led its last at bat with Soto, who flied to center.  Ocana and Napoles struck out swinging.


WP Jordan Taylor, 4H, &K, 1 BB.  LP Marlen Bubaire.

Next: Puerto Rico at 5PM ET

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