USA EDGES AUSTRALIA IN WORLD CUP
USA Women’s National Team hangs on to beat Australia 3-1 in World Cup of Softball VII
The USA Softball Women’s National team got off to a slow start against Australia on Friday night in their second game of the World Cup of Softball presented by Lumber Liquidators. Team USA was able to pick up three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to squeak out the 3-1 win, putting them at 2-0 in the tournament.
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.) got the start in the circle and picked up the win for Team USA holding Australia scoreless for the first four innings.
“Australia is a tough team and this was a good test for us,” said Taylor. “It was a good test for us although I don’t think we played as well as we could.”
Australia’s Leigh Godfrey reached base early in the first on a Molly Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) error at third but was unable to score. Team USA failed to reach base in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the second, Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was walked to start USA’s at-bat. Valerie Arioto’s (Pleasanton, Calif.) sacrifice bunt advanced Cochran to second but strikeouts from Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) and Johnson ended the inning.
Australia shortstop Clare Warwick started the third with a single but Taylor retired the next three batters preserving the scoreless game. Team USA started the bottom half of the inning well when Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) singled and Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second base. Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) laid down a bunt to put the runners in scoring position but a strikeout and a fly out right field ended the inning before Team USA could put any runs on the board.
Australia picked up two base-hit singles in the fourth inning but again came up short when Verity Long-Droppert grounded out to shortstop leaving two runners on base.
In the bottom of the fourth, Arioto stepped to the plate for Team USA with one out and hammered a solo shot over the left-center field fence scoring the first run of the game. After walking Ricketts in the next at-bat, Australia sent in Zara Mee to replace starting pitcher Kaia Parnaby. Two batters later, Gibson singled to score USA’s second run of the game giving them a 2-0 lead.
Ricketts entered to pitch for Team USA in the top of the fifth inning. After walking the first batter, Australia’s third baseman Stacey Porter singled to score one run, making it a 2-1 game.
Australia made their second pitching change to start the bottom of the fifth when they brought in Justine Smethhurst. Despite retiring the first two batters she faced, Smethhurst walked two and gave up one single to load the bases, prompting Australia to make their fourth pitching change bringing Parnaby back to the circle. A passed ball in the next at-bat scored Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nevada) from third base giving the USA a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Australia managed to get two runners on but failed to put any more runs on the board. USA followed their lead going three-up, three-down sending the game to the top of the seventh still with a 3-1 lead.
Melinda Weaver singled to start the seventh for Australia. After two fielder’s choice grounders to second Team USA brought in Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) to close the game. Thomas walked the first batter she faced but followed it with a swinging strikeout which secured the win for the Red, White and Blue.
The USA Softball Women’s National team will return to World Cup action on Saturday morning with a match up against the Netherlands at 11 am. CT. The tape-delayed game will be aired on ESPN and webcast at http://www.espn3.com beginning at Noon CT. For more information visit www.usasoftball.com.
Other action at the World Cup of Softball presented by Lumber Liquidators
GAME 1: Netherlands survives Brazil 4-3 thanks to Timmermans’ late-game heroics
Nathalie Timmermans drove in the go-ahead run to give the Netherlands National Team (3-0) the lead in the sixth inning, as the Netherlands National Team hung on to beat the Brazil National Team (1-2) 4-3 on Friday during the opening game of the World Cup of Softball action in Oklahoma City.
Virginie Anneveld hit into a fielder’s choice to start the sixth. She then went from first to third on an RBI single by Yonina Sint Jago. Finally, Timmermans came to the plate with the Netherlands National Team trailing by one in the sixth inning, and doubled, plating Anneveld and Areke Spel.
Timmermans had two extra-base hits for the Netherlands National Team. She doubled in the third and sixth innings.
The Netherlands National Team would not relinquish the lead as the Brazil National Team were unable to weather a two-run sixth inning deficit.
The Brazil National Team scored one run in the sixth on an RBI single by Martha Murazawa. Still, the Brazil National Team couldn’t draw even.
Britt Vonk was solid at the plate for the Netherlands National Team. Vonk went 3-4 and scored one run. She singled in the first, sixth, and seventh innings.
Lindsey Meadows got the win, running her World Cup record to 1-0. She allowed three runs over five innings. Meadows struck out seven, walked none and gave up six hits.
Nilze Higa (1-1) took the loss for the Brazil National Team. She lasted just seven innings, walked none, struck out eight, and allowed four runs.
GAME 2: Australia fights back to defeat Canada 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh
A loss looked likely for the Australia National Team (2-0) when they trailed by four runs in the sixth inning, but they were able to capture the lead back with an RBI single by Brenda De Blaes in the seventh inning, spurring the Australia National Team to a 7-6 win over the Canada National Team (0-2) at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Friday.
With the score tied at six in the seventh inning, De Blaes came to the plate and singled, bringing home Melinda Weaver.
De Blaes reached base three times. She scored one run and had one RBI. She singled in the seventh inning.
Stacey Porter did her best to jumpstart the offense for the Australia National Team, reaching base three times. She singled in the sixth inning.
Kaia Parnaby recorded her second win of the year for the Australia National Team. Parnaby struck out one, walked none and gave up no hits.
Jenna Caira couldn’t get it done on the rubber for the Canada National Team, taking a loss. She lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out one, and allowed one run.
GAME 3: The Puerto Rico National Team outdone by Tuk and the Netherlands National Team, 7-2
Karin Tuk drove in four runs, sparking the Netherlands National Team (3-0) to a 7-2 victory in eight innings over the Puerto Rico National Team (0-3) on Friday at the World Cup of Softball.
Tuk singled in the first inning and homered in the fourth inning.
Femke Van Dusschoten had an impressive outing against the Puerto Rico National Team’s lineup. The Puerto Rico National Team managed just two hits off of Van Dusschoten, who allowed two earned runs, walked one and struck out four during her seven innings of work.
Nicole M Osterman racked up two RBIs on one hit for the Puerto Rico National Team. She homered in the fourth inning.
Laura Ramos (0-2) took the loss for the Puerto Rico National Team. She lasted just four innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed four runs.