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Team USA falls, 5-4, to Triple Crown Colorado in Day 2 of 2022 Canada Cup

June 21, 2022, 11:35 p.m. (ET)

SURREY, BC, Canada –– Despite outhitting Triple Crown (T.C.) Colorado in today’s Canada Cup matchup, the U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) came up short after an intense seven innings of back-and-forth action resulted in a 5-4 loss. Sending her first ball out of the park in a Team USA uniform was Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo who led the U.S. offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate followed by Washington’s Baylee Klingler who totaled two hits on the day.

 

The U.S. looked to get on the board early in the top of the first with Charla Echols and Sahvanna Jaquish sending a pair of two-out singles through the infield followed by a walk from Kayla Kowalik to load the bases, but a fielder’s choice out at second base would leave the runners stranded. Colorado jumped on top in the bottom of the frame after stringing together back-to-back singles and a double to plate one run before a fielder’s choice tacked on another to put Team USA down, 2-0.

 

A quiet second inning from both squads would bring Alo to the plate to lead off the top of third for Team USA, which she did in homerun fashion after a 10-pitch at-bat resulted in her first long ball while wearing the Red, White and Blue. Despite the one run edge from the home run queen, the U.S. offense was unable to push anything else across after a fly out, line out and strikeout ended the at-bat. Megan Faraimo, who got the start in the circle for Team USA, kept the Colorado offense quiet in the bottom of the frame to bring the Eagles back to the plate. Leading off the inning with her third double of the tournament, Hannah Flippen ripped a line drive down the right field line followed by a pair of infield ground balls from Klingler and Sami Reynolds to even the score, 2-2.

 

Colorado regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth after capitalizing on a leadoff single, triple and double to plate two runs with the U.S. trailing 4-2 heading into the top of the seventh. Remaining calm under pressure, leadoff batter Kiki Milloy sent a ground ball through the left side followed by a hard line drive off the center field fence from Alo to put the U.S. within one run of the Colorado lead. Taking advantage of a groundball through the second baseman’s legs, pinch runner Michelle Moultrie sped home to even the score, 4-4, before three ground outs ended the at-bat.

 

Kathryn Sandercock entered the circle in the bottom of the inning and quickly issued two outs via a line out and a strikeout before allowing back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. Zoned in, Sandercock took the final batter of the game into a seven-pitch at-bat but a hit-by-pitch would allow the winning run to score with Team USA falling 5-4.  

 

The Eagles are back in action tomorrow, June 22 at 1:30 p.m. PT against Czech Republic and 9 p.m. PT against Chinese Taipei followed by the final game of pool play against Aussie Spirit on June 23 at 8:30 p.m. PT. Following the conclusion of pool play, the top four teams from each pool will advance to the Playoff Round with the final two teams going head-to-head in the Canada Cup gold medal matchup on Sunday, June 26.

 

Fans across the globe will have the opportunity to follow all week long through the Canada Cup livestream package, which can be purchased for $29.99. The livestream package includes live streaming or on-demand access to all games. Click here to access the live streaming package. Live stats will also be provided on USASoftball.com.