World Cup of Softball: A low-scoring affair

By Rhiannon Walker, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 14, 2013
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Australia's Aimee Murch would get the win, after pitching five innings, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out four.

JAPAN DOMINATES PUERTO RICO

Japan and Puerto Rico were deadlocked until the bottom of the third inning. That's when Japan opened up a three-run onslaught.

Misato Kawano got the scoring started with a double to bring in Rie Nagayoshi. During Yuka Ichiguchi's at bat, Kawano would score after an error by the catcher, and Mana Atsumi finished up the team's scoring by stealing home plate.

In the sixth inning, Misa Okubo hit a sacrifice fly to right field that would bring in Natsuko Ono for the team's fourth and final score.

Japan blanked Puerto Rico, 4-0.

Lissette Garay took her second loss of the tournament. She allowed two hits, three runs and walked four in five innings.