Eagles soar past Brazil at Pan Am Qualifier
Women's Cumulative Stats
Juan, Puerto Rico — The USA Softball Women’s National team earned its second
victory of the Pan American Games Qualifier in an 11-0, five-inning win over
Brazil Sunday afternoon. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) recorded a solid
performance from circle for the Red, White and Blue tossing five complete
innings and allowing just three hits. With the win, the U.S. moves to 2-0
in round-robin play and will return to the field tomorrow morning for a 9 a.m.
EST matchup against Cuba.
U.S. started things early in the top of the first when Michelle Moultrie
(Jacksonville, Fla.) reached second base on an error by the first
baseman. Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) followed with a single
before Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) drove Moultrie in with an RBI single to
put runners on the corners. After a walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton,
Calif.) loaded the bases for Team USA, Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) hit a
single to score Chavanne. Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas), Destinee
Martinez (Corona, Calif.) and Moultrie continued the Red, White and Blue's
rally, combining for four RBI to give the U.S. a 6-0 lead entering the bottom
half of the inning.
a comfortable lead, Moore retired the first two Brazilian batters with a
groundout and a popup before Veronica Fukunishi singled to right. USA's
defense held strong, as a flyout to center closed the inning to bring USA back
to the plate.
second and third innings were relatively quiet for both squads as the U.S.
would put two runners on base but failed to score in the top of the second
inning. Moore retired Brazil in order in the bottom of the second with two
groundouts and a pop up to Chavanne. In the top of the third, Raquelli
Bianco entered in relief for Brazilian starter Nilze Hilga, and Bianco was able
to retire the U.S. in order for the first and only time in the game. In
the bottom half of the inning, Moore issued a walk to leadoff batter Thais
Nagano, but was able to get the next three batters to groundout.
singled with one out in the top of the fourth before scoring on a double from
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.). Arioto then connected for
her second home run of the Qualifier to put the U.S. up 9-0. Brazil put
their first runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth after
Fukunishi recorded her second single of the game. Vivian Morimoto then
reached on a fielder's choice as Thom connected with Kourtney Salvarola
(Arnold, Md.), who entered in the fourth for Gibson at second base, to get
Fukunishi out at second. Martha Muraz then hit another ground ball to
Thom to get Morimoto out at second, but an overthrow by Salvarola to first
baseman Arioto advanced Muraz to second base. Brazil would then get
runners on first and third as Thom midhandled a ground ball, but popup to
Moultrie in left ended the threat and kept Brazil off the scoreboard.
would score another two runs in the top of the fifth as Taylor Hoagland (Flower
Mound, Texas) sent a long ball over left field fence to plate two after
Martinez led off the inning with a walk. Heading into the bottom of the
fifth, USA led 11-0 and needed just three outs to end the game via
run-rule. A leadoff single by Nagano gave Brazil their third hit of the
game, but a double play cleared the bases. Kim Chan hit a groundball to
Arioto, who threw out Nagano at second and Thom then connected with Salvarola
to get Chan out at first. With two outs, another groundout to Arioto
ended the game, as USA walked away with the 11-0 (5 inning) run-rule.
next for the U.S. is a matchup against Cuba tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
EST. USA recently faced Cuba during the Mayor's Cup in Puerto Rico where
Team USA defeated the Cubans 4-1. Live stats and online streaming
(pay-per-view) will be available throughout the Pan American Games Qualifier
and links can be found at USASoftball.com.