July 14, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –Team USA suffered its first loss of the World Cup of Softball, falling 7-4 to Team Japan on Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
With a 2-1 record, the U.S. can still reach Sunday’s night championship game with a win over Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon. That game is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT on ESPN, while the title game is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Senior Destinee Martinez made her second start of the World Cup, batting eighth and playing center field. She was 0-2 at the plate before pinch hit for in the sixth inning.
Junior Lauren Chamberlain did not start for the first time in the tournament. She did appear as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, but struck out looking.
Japan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the U.S. trimmed the lead to 3-2 after two innings. Japan’s lead grew to 6-2 before Amanda Chidester’s two-run home run cut the lead in half.
The United States would not score again, but Japan added an additional run in the top of the seventh to bring the game to its final margin.
Meanwhile, Australia, featuring Georgia Casey, went 1-1 on Saturday with a 6-2 win over Puerto Rico and 2-0 loss to Canada.
In the win over Puerto Rico, Casey started at third base and went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. She singled in the third and came around to score and did it again in the fifth.
Casey did not start in the loss to Canada but did enter the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh and walked.
Holding a 1-3 record, Australia will play against Puerto Rico at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday with the winner moving to the third-place game versus an opponent to be determined.