‘IT JUST SLIPPED'
In the top of the second inning against Japan, Yuka Ichiguchi hit a standard pop up to left field.
Rhea Taylor of the U.S. came charging in to make the play on the left field line, but the ball slipped out of her glove on what would have been a sure out.
Instead, Natsuko Ono and Nozomi Shimasaki would round the bases and score.
That would put Japan up, 3-0, in the top of the second inning.
RULED SAFE AT THIRD
As Ono and Shimasaki made their way to home plate during the dropped pop up, Misato Kawano came running in from first base to take third.
From her knees, Taylor tossed the ball to Raven Chavanne, who appeared to tag out Kawano at the bag.
Chavanne looked to have possession of the ball and have her mitt in a position to tag Kawano before she slid into third, but Kawano was ruled safe on the play.
A few at bats later, Yuki Hayashi would hit a two-run single to put Japan up, 5-0, in the top of the second inning.
Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain brought in Team USA's first run of the afternoon vs. Puerto Rico, and she also hit the first of three consecutive doubles for the team as well.
Kourtney Salvarola came up to bat next hit the second RBI double into deep right field to score Chamberlain and bring Team USA within one score of Puerto Rico. Taylor Hoagland then hit a sac bunt, to put Salvarola on second base.
The next at bat, Nicole Hudson would hit the team's third RBI double on a one-two count and bring in the tying run.
Michelle Moultrie came in to pinch run for Hudson, and she would score after Amber Freeman hit a home run over the left center field fence. That was Team USA won the five-inning game, 10-3.
HEADS UP PLAY
Rhea Taylor got Team USA's hitting started in the bottom of the third inning with a single down the left field line.
After reaching first, she bolted for second base when the throw to the first basemen went over her head. Realizing, the first baseman still hadn't gathered the ball, she continued to third base.
When Chamberlain stepped up to bat next, she brought Taylor in with a double down the right field line.
ARIOTO STEPS IN THE CIRCLE
After another tough first inning for Tulsa University's Aimee Creger, Team USA coach Ken Eriksen had 2012 California graduate Valerie Arioto pitch for the first time this tournament.
Arioto only allowed one hit in her 32/3 innings. The former Cal Golden Bear forced Puerto Rico into multiple groundouts, pop ups and foul balls in the five-inning game.
In the top of the fifth, she had a ball hit directly at her, but was able to get her glove up and catch it, and then throw it to first for the double play.
She allowed one walk and struck out five.