YOKOHAMA, Japan - The USA Women’s National Team received its first loss in over a year as they fell 5-2 to Japan in the final round robin game of the Japan Cup. With this loss the team posts a 2-1 record in round robin play and will meet for a rematch against Japan in the Gold Medal Game.
Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif.) earned the start in the circle and Japan jumped on top in the first for an early 3-0 lead. With two outs, Mabuchi put up the first run with an RBI triple and would score when Hirose followed up with a two-run homerun for Japan. Japan tacked on two more runs in the third and fifth off RBI singles by Sato and Mishini.
Japan and the United States will meet up for the Championship game tomorrow at 1:00 p.m./local time while China and Australia will fight it out for the bronze medal at 11:00 a.m.