After Jessica Moore allowed her only hit of the game to Australia's Stacey McManus on Friday night, Team USA dropped the ball in the following at-bat.
Michelle Cox hit a routine ground ball to Kourtney Salvarola, who then tried to softly lob it to Lauren Gibson at second base. Gibson turned to go for the tag, and the ball fell out of her glove.
Both McManus and Cox were safe on the play, and Team USA was given its only error of the evening.
“Me and coach (Ken) Eriksen were just saying it's gotta do with this is our first time really playing together,” Gibson said. “I'm used to having a shortstop at college that likes to throw missiles at me, and then Kourtey kind of just threw a soft one, so I was trying to get going, and I didn't realize how soft she had thrown it.”
‘THAT'S GOTTA HURT'
In the top of the fourth inning, Australia's Chelsea Forkin accidentally popped up a ball into the left side of her face. The Aussies' cleanup hitter immediately placed her hand on her face, and then took two minutes to recover from the shock.
The third-base coach came down the line to check on her, and the team doctor jogged out from the dugout to inspect her face.
Forkin did not leave the game, however, and on the next pitch, she struck out.
Canada's Natalie Wideman had a 1-2 count when she stepped up to the plate for the fourth time on Friday. Teammate Erika Polidori was waiting at second base.
With the game against Japan tied at 1, Wideman delivered the walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Canadians a 2-1 win over Japan.
Japan tied the game in the top of the fifth, after Sonoka Kuniyoshi scored on error by the right fielder. Kuniyoshi singled during her at-bat, stole second base while Yuka Ichiguchi was at bat, and advanced to third when Ichiguchi singled.
Between the two teams, nine players were left on base during the game, and neither of the starting pitchers allowed more than four hits.
FOUR AND DONE
The Canadians only needed four innings to take down Puerto Rico 13-3. Canada overpowered Puerto Rico with innings of four and nine runs.
Larissa Franklin, Jenny Gilbert and Sara Hopwood led the Canadians with two RBIs, while Megan Timpf, Kelsey Haberl and Brittany Hicks all had one.
Puerto Rico's Lissette Garay allowed five hits, 10 runs — seven earned — and five walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched.