OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team arrived in Oklahoma City on Friday to begin their quest for a seventh World Cup of Softball Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of American and USA Softball announced today. The United States will practice and play scrimmage games throughout the week to prepare for tournament play which is slated to begin on Thursday, July 11 against Canada at 7 p.m. (CST).
Following their opening game with Canada, the USA is scheduled to play three other pool-play games: Australia on July 12 at 7 p.m. (CST), Japan on July 13 at 8 p.m. (CST) and Puerto Rico on July 14 at noon (CST). The General Tire World Cup of Softball finals will be played on Sunday, July 14 with the 3rd Place game at 5 p.m. and the Championship at 8 p.m (CST).
Athletes competing for USA Softball in Oklahoma City are: Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California 2012), Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee 2013), Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan 2012), Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla./Tulsa senior), Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State junior), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee 2013), Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas 2013), Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo./Missouri 2013), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma senior), Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./Oregon 2013), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida 2012), Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida senior), Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida senior), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011), Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas/Texas senior) and Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California 2013)
Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at USF) will lead the National Team and will be assisted by four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./head coach Oregon State) as well as Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./head coach Golden West College), Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas/assistant coach at LSU), Karen Weekly (Edmonds, Wash./co-head coach at Univ. of Tennessee) and Mike White (Eugene, Ore/ head coach Univ. of Oregon) throughout the summer events.
The ESPN family of networks are the exclusive domestic home of the General Tire World Cup of Softball and feature over 14 hours of live coverage including the Championship Game on Sunday. All telecasts will be aired in HD and also available for live streaming via WatchESPN. Games not televised by ESPN will be available for viewing via a live stream on USASoftball.com