An 8 5 win over Canada helps USA remain undefeated in the Canadian Open
CITY – With an 8-5 win over Canada, the USA Softball Women’s National Team
locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the playoff portion of the Canadian Open
Fastpitch International Championship on Friday the Amateur Softball Association
(ASA) of America and USA softball announced today. Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park,
Fla.) threw five innings, giving up seven hits and striking out three to get
the win for Team USA. The Americans will now wait to find out who they’ll play
in tomorrow’s playoff portion of the tournament.
jumped to an early lead in the first inning when Michelle Moultrie
(Jacksonville, Fla.) and Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) both singled to
start the at-bat. Two batters later, Moultrie scored when Amanda Chidester
(Allen Park, Mich.) hit into a fielder’s choice. Later in the inning, Nicole
Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) singled to score both Chavanne and Chidester to make it
USA 3, Canada 0 after one.
teams were held scoreless in the second but Team USA picked up the pace in the
third. Taking advantage of a walk and a hit-by-pitch, USA scored its fourth run
of the game on a Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) single that scored
Chavanne for the second time on the night. Not to be outdone, Hudson followed
Arioto’s efforts with a double that scored Chidester from second. After three
innings, USA led 5-0.
to avoid being victims of Team USA’s third run rule of the tournament, Canada
managed two runs on two hits and a walk in the top of the fourth. Yee led off
with a single and later came around to score on a Lever base hit. Two batters
later, a wild pitch from Nevins scored Gilbert from third to make it USA 5,
Americans got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Chavanne came around
to score for the third time in the game, this time off of a Chidester single.
Canadian bats came out hot in the fifth as they recorded three singles but
could only manage one run in the inning. In the bottom half, Lindsey Ziegenhirt
(Elk Grove, Calif.) matched the run with one swing. The Cal alum sent a 2-1
pitch sailing over the fence to push the score to USA 7, Canada 3.
added two more runs in the sixth off of three hits and a USA error but still
found themselves trailing 7-5 in the game. Team USA added an insurance run in
the bottom half of the sixth by way of a Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) solo
home run to push the score to USA 8, Canada 5.
to their last at-bat, Canada needed three runs to extend the game in the
seventh.. Arioto entered the circle to start the inning for Team USA and
recorded two outs but a couple of Canada base hits prompted another pitching
change as Eriksen opted for Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) who closed out the
game and locked up the USA win.
USA moves to 5-0 in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and
will be the No. 1 overall seed entering tomorrows playoff portion of the
tournament.. They now have to await the winner of late Friday night and early
Saturday games to see who they will play tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. CT. Regardless
of who their opponent is, you can follow all of the action live by visiting www.USASoftball.com.