NORMAN, Okla. – Former Sooner Destinee Martinez and the U.S. Women’s National Team went a perfect 7-0 to capture the gold medal at the World Cup of Softball IX this past weekend in Irvine, Calif.
Martinez caught the final out in center field Sunday as the United States defeated Canada, 5-2, to claim the title for the seventh time in the nine-year history of the event.
Playing in six of the seven games, Martinez went 1-13 with four runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. She also reached base twice because of errors and twice because of fielder’s choices. In the field, she recorded putouts in all three chances.
Her hit was a double in a 5-0 victory against Venezuela in the tournament’s opening game Tuesday. The next day, Martinez followed up her performance by scoring twice after walking and reaching on a fielder’s choice.
After reaching on an error against Canada Thursday, Martinez was 0-3 against Mexico in the team’s first game Saturday. She followed that up by going 0-1 with a run scored against Chinese Taipei in a second game Saturday.
In the title game Sunday, Martinez entered as a pinch runner in the fifth inning following a single by teammate Sam Fischer. Another single moved Martinez to second, while a wild pitch enabled her to take third. An RBI groundout then allowed Martinez to score.
Martinez and Team USA have two more tournaments in preparation for the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championships, August 15-24, 2014 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Up next is the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, July 15-21. After a short break, the team then reconvenes for Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy, August 6-10.