July 13, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez are 2-0 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City with Team USA following a 4-0 win Friday night over the Australian National Team, featuring Georgia Casey.
After starting as the designated player in Thursday night's win over Canada, Chamberlain hit sixth and played first base for the U.S. on Friday. She was 0-2 at the plate but did draw a walk and made multiple scoops at first base to ensure outs.
Martinez did not start like she did against the Canadians, but did enter the game as a pinch runner in the third inning. She then shifted to her customary spot in center field for the remainder of the game. She was 0-1 at the plate when her line drive was snared in a fine defensive effort by Australia shortstop Stacey McManus.
Casey was not in the starting lineup for Australia, which fell to 0-2 with the loss. She did, however, enter the game in the seventh inning as pinch hitter but grounded out to the pitcher.
All four of Team USA's runs came in the third inning. Lauren Gibson hit a two-run single and that was followed later in the inning by an RBI double by Valerie Arioto and an RBI single from Nicole Hudson.
In the circle, Jessica Moore gave up just one hit while striking out four to earn the win.
The United States is back in action Saturday night against Japan at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Meanwhile, Australia has a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. against Puerto Rico and concluding with a 3 p.m. matchup versus Canada.