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World Cup of Softball: Lauren Gibson steals the day

By Rhiannon Walker, Staff Writer, Published: July 12, 2013

Lauren Gibson finished her college career with 46 stolen bases. In 2013, she successfully stole 15 of 17 bases as Tennessee played its way to the finals of the Women's College World Series.

The Lady Vols would ultimately lose the championship to Oklahoma, but that's in hindsight now. In the opening game of the World Cup of Softball, Gibson was 3-for-3 stealing bases.

In the top of the second, she would steal home plate to put Team USA up, 4-0, and in the top of the sixth she would deliver the dagger.

Gibson hit a two-run homer over the center field fence to seal an already solid lead for the U.S. National Team. That put the team up, 7-0, and rounded out the scoring in Team USA's opening game shutout.

“Coach (Ken Eriksen) just told me to go once I saw the ball release, and saw the catcher release the ball, and I just went,” Gibson said.


Valerie Arioto doesn't necessarily think Amy Winehouse is the best singer. She doesn't necessarily dislike her music either.

But she does like getting hyped up when she's at bat. At what better song to play than one with her name in it?

The 2012 California graduate said she picked the Winehouse classic “Valerie” as her walk-up music to get herself that much more excited when she steps up to the plate to hit.

“It just felt like it was fitting because it's my name, so I had to go with it,” said Arioto with a laugh. “She's good, but I think it's just ‘Valerie.' It says my name; it has to be good, you know it has to pump me up a little bit.”


Arioto started off at first base for Team USA. Then Oklahoma standout Lauren Chamberlain took over the duties.

Arioto once again returned first base in the middle of the game, only for Chamberlain to once again make an appearance in the last inning of the game.

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