July 13, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. -- Tennessee softball legends Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson captured gold on Sunday as they helped the USA Softball Women's National Team win the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX championship with a 5-2 win over Canada.
Team USA went a perfect 7-0 in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX and the squad next heads to Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to compete in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship from July 15-21.
The Americans scored first with a run in the third inning and grew their lead to 4-0 with three runs in the fifth. Canada rallied back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Chavanne knocked an RBI single in the seventh to build USA's lead back to three.
Chavanne was Team USA's best hitter on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base. She had hits in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Gibson went 1-for-3.
Chavanne and Gibson led the Team USA offense in the World Cup of Softball IX. Chavanne tallied a team-high 13 hits, batting .591 (13-for-22) with one homer, nine RBIs, six runs, a team-high three stolen bases, a. 609 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage. Gibson tied for the team's best batting average, hitting .600 (9-for-15) with four doubles, one homer, five RBIs, six runs, three walks, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.067 slugging percentage. Gibson's five extra-base hits (four doubles, one homer) also tied for most on the team.
Sara Nevins enjoyed an impressive outing in the circle, striking out eight over 6.1 scoreless frames.
Team USA scored its first run when Kelsey Stewart scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, Destinee Martinez scored on a groundout to short by Haylie McCleney and Michelle Moultrie drove in Taylor Hoagland with an RBI double to left. Chavanne plated Moultrie with a single to center field.
Canada came storming back in the bottom of the sixth after Team USA put Jessica Moore in the circle in relief of Nevins. Moore hit Kaleigh Rafter with the bases loaded, scoring Joey Lye for Canada's first run. Megan Gurski followed with an RBI single to second to pull Canada to within 4-2. Jolene Henderson entered the circle to get Team USA out of the inning.
Chavanne's two-out RBI single back to the circle in the seventh scored McCleney and gave Team USA some breathing room. Nevins re-entered the circle in the bottom of the seventh to close things out for the win.
Check out Chavanne's and Gibson's big hits from the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in the playlist below: