World Cup of Softball: Lauren Gibson lifts USA to win

Americans run-rule Canada in six innings.
By Rhiannon Walker, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 12, 2013

Nevins would retire Megan Timpf in the next at bat, and Team USA would get out of the inning unscathed. Those were the only two hits the South Florida senior allowed all night. Nevins finished the game allowing two hits, one walk and six strikeouts in five innings.

“I thought we did really well today,” Nevins said. “For myself? Pretty good, I guess. Not bad. I'm not really mad about the two hits, but for the two hits, I would have improved by making better pitch selections.”

Team USA wasted no time in its opening game, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Michelle Moultrie led off with a single and advanced to third on a single by Lauren Gibson. The bases were then loaded after Jenna Caira, Canada's pitcher, walked OU's Lauren Chamberlain.

Valerie Arioto then delivered a two-run single to start off Team USA's scoring. In the second inning, the U.S. had Raven Chavanne and Gibson on the bags before Chavanne would score on an error, and Gibson would score during a double steal to take a 4-0 lead.

Next up for the United States is a 7 p.m. matchup Friday against Australia before taking on Japan and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Sunday.



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