July 12, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma softball program went 1-1 Thursday on the opening day of games at the World Cup of Softball at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City as Team USA, featuring Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez, run-ruled Canada, 7-0, in six innings, while Georgia Casey and Australia fell to Japan, 3-2.
The U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning behind a two-run single by Valerie Arioto and doubled the margin in the next inning thanks to the efforts of Chamberlain.
With two outs the junior-to-be reached safely on a throwing error by Canadian shortstop Joey Lye, enabling Raven Chavanne to score. With Chamberlain on first base and Lauren Gibson on third, the team executed a double steal to make it a 4-0 lead.
The final margin came in the sixth when Taylor Hoagland hit a pinch-hit RBI single and Gibson followed with a two-run home run.
Chamberlain, who started as the designated player but also spent time at first base, finished the game 0-3 with a walk and stolen base. In the bottom of the sixth, Chamberlain made a pair of fine unassisted plays at first base to get the first two outs of the frame.
Martinez started in center field for the U.S. and was 0-2 at the plate from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Casey and her Australian counterparts dropped a 3-2 game to Japan on a side field at the ASA Complex. She got the start at second base and hit fifth in the lineup, going 0-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to second base.
The Sooners teammates face each other on Friday night as Team USA meets Australia at 7 p.m. The game airs live on ESPN.