Team USA completes round robin action at Pan American Championship

Aug. 10, 2017, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

Arioto paced the U.S. offense with four RBI in the game.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — The USA Softball Women’s National Team completed round robin action of the Pan American Championship on Thursday afternoon with a 10-1 (five innings) victory over Colombia. 

“Serious business starts on Friday in this tournament,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “I thought we did a nice job of taking care of what we had to do in round robin play to posture ourselves for a number one seed and you throw it out the window come Friday.  It’s going to be inning-by-inning for the rest of the weekend, and the young guys on our team are going to get a taste of what international pressure is about right now.  I think we have a good mix of veterans that will lend themselves and their experiences to our young guys.  It all starts tomorrow.”

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Team USA tallied a perfect 8-0 record over seven days of action, outscoring opponents 83-3.  Leading the stat sheet in the RBI column is Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) and Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) with 14 apiece.  Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) is hitting .786 (11-for-14) in six games played and Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) in seven games played is hitting .563 (9-for-16).  From the circle, the pitching staff has an ERA of 0.56 in 37 and two-third innings pitched.  Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) each have three wins.

Colombia took an early lead in the top of the first after a one out single put a runner on base.  Two batters later, Colombia singled to left field to give them an early 1-0 edge over the U.S.

Team USA would not be down long as Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt from Moultrie.  A two-out RBI single from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tied up the game at one run apiece before the powerful swing of Arioto gave the U.S. a 3-1 lead after she slammed the ball over the left field fence. 

That lead would hold until the bottom of the third when the U.S. plated another three runners.  Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) led off the at-bat with a single and moved to second on a fielding error by the centerfielder.  Two quick outs kept Aguilar at second, but Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) then knocked in a single to right field that allowed Aguilar to score from second. Carda then laced a ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run to make it a 6-1, U.S. ballgame.

Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) entered in relief for Carda in the top of the fourth and brought the heat, retiring all three batters faced with a strikeout. 

The U.S. hammered out an additional four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) led things off with a single. She scored on a double from Takeda and back-to-back walks to Moultrie and Aguilar loaded the bases.  A popup kept the runners at bay before Arioto singled to left field to plate two runs.  Jackson followed with another single to left field to score another run and give Team USA a nine run lead. 

Arioto entered the circle in the top of the fifth.  Despite a leadoff walk, Arioto and the U.S. defense made solid plays as Flippen threw out the runner at second on a ground ball and Arioto recorded a double play after catching a line drive and firing over to first to end the game. 

In the contest, Arioto led the way going 2-for-3 with four RBI while Jackson and Carda knocked in two RBI apiece.  Winning pitcher Carda recorded her third victory of the Pan American Championship, allowing just three hits and one walk while retiring five batters with a strikeout.  Barnhill fanned three in her one inning of work. 

Fans can watch Team USA throughout the tournament with live streaming through InternetTV for an $11.95 (USD) subscription.  Live stats will also be available for fans to follow along through USASoftball.com

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