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July 2, 2019
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It was another undefeated day for the USA Softball Women’s and U-19 Women’s National Teams (WNT) pitchers as both teams captured a pair of shutout victories in day two of the USA Softball International Cup. The USA Softball U-19 Women’s National Team (WNT) added a 7-0 (five innings) win over the Philippines and a 7-0 win over China to their win column while the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) defeated China 1-0 and closed out the day with a 10-0 (four innings) win over Peru.
U-19 WNT 7, Philippines 0 (five innings)
Jadelyn Allchin (Fountain Valley, Calif.) sent her second ball out of the park at the USA Softball International Cup while a 2-for-2 outing by Kelli Godin (Seal Beach, Calif.) helped fuel a 7-0 (five innings) win over the Phillipines. Megan Faraimo (Vista, Calif.) also had a day in the circle, tossing a two-hit shutout in which she retired nine batters via strikeout.
The offense got started in the bottom of the second as the U.S. plated two off the Allchin home run. The Red, White and Blue tacked on another four in the bottom of the third to make it 6-0. A sac fly from Charla Echols (Newnan, Ga.), a triple by Bailey Dowling (St. Joseph, Ill.), a double by Jasmine Sievers (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and an RBI on a ground out by Allchin provided some cushion to the U.S. lead.
The final run of the contest came on an RBI double by Echols in the bottom of the fourth and a three-up, three-down top of the fifth ended the game via the run-rule.
Faraimo earned the win while Allchin drove in three and Echols drove in two.
U-19 WNT 7, China 0 (five innings)
Rylee Trlicek (Hallettsville, Texas) tossed a two-hit shutout as the U-19 WNT earned a 7-0 (five innings) win over China, moving to 4-0 at the USA Softball International Cup.
It was a scoreless contest through the first four innings of play until the U.S. scored all seven of their runs in the top of the fifth. An error put Godin on base as the leadoff runner. Stealing second base, Godin advanced to third on a sac bunt by Madison Huskey (Cerritos, Calif.). A walk to Skylar Wallace (Woodstock, Ga.) put runners on the corners for Echols, who peppered a ball down the right field line to plate two runs.
Four-consecutive singles plated another three runs for the U-19 team and the seventh run of the at-bat came after Huskey drove a fly ball to the left field gap.
A strikeout and pair of ground outs from Trlicek in the bottom of the fifth inning capped off a perfect day for the U-19 team with Trlicek picking up the win.
The U-19 WNT return to action on Wednesday, July 3 at 12:30 pm ET against the Mexico followed by a 3 p.m. ET matchup against the USA Softball WNT.
USA WNT 1, China 0
One run was all the members of the USA Softball WNT needed as the team edged out China 1-0 in their first contest of the day. Behind the arm of pitcher Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas), an RBI single by Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) in the bottom of the third drove in the winning run.
Although no USA batters struck out in the contest, the hits did not get strung together until the third after Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.). A double play looked to end the rally, until Arioto drove a ground ball through the right side of the infield for the RBI single.
That run proved to be enough as Osterman retired an additional seven batters with the strikeout and the U.S. defense held strong behind her to seal the win.
Osterman had a strong showing in the circle, issuing 12 strikeouts in a complete-game win while limiting China to just three hits. At the plate, McCleney and Reed each had a 2-for-3 outing at the plate while Arioto was walked twice (a tournament-leading fifth) in addition to her RBI single.
USA WNT 10, Peru 0 (four innings)
A two hour and twenty-minute lightning delay couldn’t stop the action in the nightcap of the USA Softball International Cup. The contest began at 7:15 p.m. ET but lasted just an inning before lightning in the area halted the game with the U.S. leading 1-0. Teams returned to action at 10 p.m. with hard-hitting bats as the offense erupted for nine runs through the next two innings to ultimately capture the run-rule victory.
Team USA got on the board first right out the gate as Sahvanna Jaquish (Highland, Calif.) plated a run on a sac fly. With a runner at first following the rain delay, Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) blasted a two-run home run. Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) followed suit with another two-run shot and a double by Rachel Garcia (Palmdale, Calif.) made it a 7-0 lead for Team USA.
A two-out rally pushed across the final three runs of the game after Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.) drove in two with a double and Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) drove in Reed with a single up the middle.
Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) earned the win in the circle for the U.S., pitching the full four innings with eight strikeouts and one hit allowed. Garcia, Merritt, Reed and Spaulding each picked up two RBI in the win.
Up next for the WNT is a 3 p.m. ET contest against the U-19 WNT.
Notable opening day performances
Japan picks up third shut out win
Outscoring opponents 17-0, Japan moved to 3-0 at the USA Softball International Cup after posting their third shutout victory of the tournament. With an opening day, 3-0 win over China, wins over Puerto Rico (4-0) and Chinese Taipei (10-0 in five innings) put Japan as one of four teams who are undefeated on the week.
Tickets are still available for the USA Softball International Cup, and can be purchased outside of South Commons Softball Complex at the ticket booth. For complete coverage of the USA Softball International Cup, including rosters, live stats, streaming and results, visitUSASoftballInternationalCup.com.