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World Cup of Softball: Muffed catch in second inning costs U.S.

Two runs would score on the play to help Japan take a 2-0 lead.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 14, 2013
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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.


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