USA defeats Australia 4-1
In the second day of World Cup: USA 4, Australia 0 Canada 2, Japan 1 Canada 13, Puerto Rico 3
USA 4, Australia 0 Jessica Moore hurled a one-hitter while her teammates put together a 4-run third inning to capture their second World Cup win. The Aussies had two on twice, the 4th on two walks, and in the 5th on a single and error. In the 3rd, Salvarola, who made a game-ending stab of a line drive in the 7th, reached on an infield hit to short. Moultrie followed with an infield hit to 3rd. After a sacrifice by Hoagland, moved the runners, Gibson drove in two runners wioth a hard single to left. Chamberlain, who doubled in the 1st, lined out. Arioto doubled, rbi. After Chidester walked, Hudson drove I the final run.
Tomorrow, the USA faces Japan.
Game 1: Canada 13, Puerto Rico 3 (4 innings)
Canada scored nine runs in the second inning en route to a 13-3 run-rule win over Puerto Rico Friday afternoon. Leadoff hitter Joey Lye led Canada with a 3-for-3 performance and scored three runs.
Puerto Rico took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Dayanira Diaz scored on a Charlise Castro sacrifice fly. They later added two runs in the third as Aisha Figueroa reached on a single and came around to score on a two-run home run by Nicole Osterman.
Canadian starting pitcher Melissa Demore went three innings, allowing the three runs on three hits and one walk. Sara Growenewegen pitched the final inning, allowing two hits. Puerto Rico’s trio of pitchers allowed the 13 runs on eight hits and eight walks. Lissette Garay picked up the loss for Puerto Rico.
Game 2: Canada 2, Japan 1
Natalie Wideman’s RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Canada a 2-1 over Japan on Friday afternoon. Pinch runner Erika Polidori scored the winning run after Kelsey Haberl reached on a single to start the inning. Sara Hopwood’s sacrifice bunt moved Polidori to second before Wideman’s line drive went to wall in left to end the game.
Canada took an early 1-0 in third when Wideman scored on an RBI single from Caitlin Lever. Team Japan responded in the fifth as Sonoka Kunyoshi scored on a fielding error.
Sara Plourde earned the win in relief after coming in for Jenna Caira in the fifth. Plourde kept the Japanese in check, allowing no hits and just one walk in 2.2 innings pitched. Caira allowed the one unearned run on four hits and one walk.
Nana Okamura pitched 2.1 innings in the loss for Japan. She allowed the winning run in the seventh and three hits. Team Japan’s starting pitcher Kana Nakano went four innings, allowing one run on three hits.