USA falls to Japan at General Tire World Cup of Softball
Team USA Cumulative Stats
– Yukiko Ueno made her return to the World Cup of Softball Saturday evening as
Team Japan downed Team USA 7-4 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of
America and USA Softball announced today. Ueno went the distance for Japan,
allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight.
responded really well against one of, if not the, best pitcher in the world,”
said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “We weren’t overmatched. Every time they
scored a run we responded offensively. We just ran out of time tonight,
and it ended up that they had more points at the end of the game than we did.”
Misato Kawano led Japan, going 3-for-4 with one run scored. Misa Okubo also
went 3-for-4, while Yukiyo Mine was 2-for-4. Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) and
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Claif.) each went 2-for-3 for Team USA, while
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) delivered a two-run home run late in the
out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kawano led off the game with
a solo shot to right field off Team USA starting pitcher Aimee Creger
(Yukon, Okla.), and Japan added two additional runs with two outs in the
inning. Mine reached on a single and Okubo gave Japan runners at the corners.
Following a Team USA pitching change, Mine capitalized on a wild pitch from
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) and Okubo scored on a passed ball as Japan
led 3-0 after a half inning.
responded in the bottom half of the inning as Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville,
Fla.) lined a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). Gibson reached on a single and
Chidester loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch. Arioto’s single scored
Moultrie and re-loaded the bases for Team USA. Ueno retired the next two
batters to end the threat.
returned to the circle in the second and retired Japan in order. In the bottom
of the inning, Team USA added an unearned run as Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
reached on an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error before
coming around to score when Chavanne reached on Japan’s second error of the
inning. Ueno sat down Gibson on strikes as Japan led 3-2 after two.
teams went down in order in the third, Japan added three runs in the fourth as
Okubo, Sonoka Kuniyoshi and Nozomi Shimasaki all came around to score as Japan
got five hits in the inning of Hawkins and Sara Nevis (Pinellas Park, Fla.).
Ueno sat the
US down in order in the bottom of the fourth and Japan had a runner reach
second in the top of the fifth before Team USA cut the deficit to two in the
bottom of the fifth.
on a two-out walk to give Team USA its first baserunner since the second
inning. Ueno retired nine straight before Gibson reached. Chidester came
through with a two-run home run in the next at-bat to trim Japan’s lead to 6-4.
Japan got one
run back in the top of the sixth to lead 7-4 as Rie Nagayoshi led off with a
walk and came around to score on a groundout from Rei Nishiyama. Team USA sent
a pair of pinch hitters to the plate in the sixth but came up empty-handed as
Japan continued to lead 7-4 heading to the seventh.
had a lot of hits tonight,” said USA first baseman Valerie Arioto. “We learned
a lot about the Japanese team, a lot of the girls haven’t seen them at all, so
we learned a lot about their game.”
Nevins gave up
a one-out single in the seventh but Japan left the runner stranded at second to
end the frame. Team USA rallied in the seventh with a single and double but
left Gibson standing on second to end the game.
up the loss, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing three runs on three
USA Softball Women’s National team will return to World Cup action on Sunday
afternoon with a match up against Puerto Rico at 12 p.m. CT. For more
information visit USASoftball.com.
action at the General Tire World Cup:
Japan 4, Puerto Rico 0
and Miki Kozono combined to throw a three-hit shutout as Japan blanked Puerto
Rico, 4-0, Saturday morning at the World Cup of Softball. Misato Kawano, Mana
Atsumi and Rie Nagayoshi each went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Natsuko Ono
went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Three of Japan’s four runs came in the third
hit by a pitch to start the inning and scored on a double from Kawano before
Kawano and Atsumi scored on a throwing error to give Team Japan the 3-0 lead.
Ono reached out on a one-out triple in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Haruka Agatsuma.
allowed the three runs on two hits and four walks in five innings pitched. She
struck out three before yielding to Courtney Rivera at the start of the sixth.
Australia 6, Puerto Rico 2
and Stacey McManus drove in two runs each as Australia defeated Puerto Rico,
6-2, in Saturday’s second game. McManus went 2-for-2, while Casey was 2-for-3.
McManus scored the first run of the game in the second on a single from Kate
added two runs in the third as Stacey Webber came around on a single from Casey
who later scored on a double from McManus. Puerto Rico trimmed the lead to one
in the top of the fifth as Yahelis Munoz and Dayanira Diaz scored to cut the
lead to 3-2.
added an additional three runs in the fifth as Clare Warwick scored on a Casey
single. Casey and McManus later came around on a McManus two-run shot to left
Jackson gave up three earned runs on five hits, while Amy Murch earned the win
for Australia. Murch held Puerto Rico to two runs on five hits.
Canada 2, Australia 0
in the bottom of the first and held on to defeat Australia 2-0 Saturday
afternoon. Heather Ebert reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Jennifer
Gilbert’s double to give Team Canada the early 1-0 lead. Canada added an
insurance run in the fifth as Meghan Rumpf reached on a one-out walk and stole
second before coming around on a single by Joey Lye.
down in order in the first three innings and threatened in the fourth after
Clare Warwick reached n an error and made it to third before Canada got out of
the jam. The Australians went quietly in the fifth and sixth, allowing just one
base runner in each of those innings before attempting a comeback in the latter
led off the seventh inning with a walk but was retired on a fielder’s choice.
Australia had runners at first and second with two outs in the inning but a
groundout ended the game.
led Australia at the plate, going 2-for-3. Stacey McManus continued her
impressive performance at the World Cup of Softball, finishing the game
went 2-for-3 at the plate for Canada. Sara Plourde picked up the win, pitching
4.2 innings and holding Australia to three hits and two walks. Jenna Caira
earned the save, pitching the final 2.1 innings and giving up two hits and one
allowed one earned run on two hits in 2.1 innings pitched for Australia.