Aug 15, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tennessee's Lauren Gibson had two hits and two runs as the USA Softball Women's National Team crushed the U.S. Virgin Islands, 12-0, in four innings on Thursday in the Pan American Games Qualifier.
Team USA rounds out pool play with a perfect 6-0 record. The U.S. earned the No. 1 seed from Pool A heading into playoffs and with Cuba, Brazil and Colombia taking the 2, 3 and 4 seeds, respectively. Pool B can see a shift of seeding, as the Dominican Republic earned the No. 1 seed, Canada and Puerto Rico are vying for the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, and Mexico is the No. 4 seed.
Gibson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Amanda Chidester was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Lauren Chamberlain was 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs.
Valerie Arioto earned the win for Team USA, striking out seven and allowing just one hit over four shutout frames.
Bianca Dibilly took the loss after allowing 12 runs (10 earned) over 2.2 innings. Lydua Liburd recorded one out in the third.
Team USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Michelle Moultrie drew a leadoff walk and Rhea Taylor followed with a walk on five pitches to give Gibson two runners on with no outs. Gibson knocked a single to load the bases. Moultrie scored the first run of the game when Amanda Chidester hit into an out. Lauren Chamberlain was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again with one out. Nicole Hudson drew a walk, plating Taylor and pushing the U.S. lead to 2-0. Taylor Hoagland followed with a two-RBI single.
The Americans scored three more in the second inning. Gibson hit a triple with two outs and Chidester plated her with an RBI double. Lauren Chamberlain followed with a two-run homer, making the U.S. lead 7-0.
Five more USA runs in the third put the game out of reach. With no outs and runners on the corners, Destinee Martinez hit an RBI single to score Hoagland. Two batters later, Kourtney Salvarola scored on a fielder's choice. Gibson delivered had a fly out to second and Martinez scored on the play with an error by the shortstop. A RBI single by Chidester plated Taylor. Chamberlain hit a single and Chidester scored on an error by the left fielder to round out Team USA's scoring.
Playoffs- Friday (August 16) - All times EST
GM 1: Brazil vs. No. 4 Mexico - 9 a.m.
GM 2: B3 vs. Colombia - TBD*
GM 3: USA vs. B2 - TBD*
GM 4: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic - TBD*
* The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds for Pool B will be decided after the conclusion of the Puerto Rico vs. Canada game. If Canada wins, USA will play Canada at 2 p.m. and if Puerto Rico wins, USA will play Puerto Rico at 4:30 p.m. Depending upon the outcome, the schedule for Games 2-4 will be determined after the conclusion of the Canada vs. Puerto Rico game.
Playoffs- Saturday (August 17)
GM 5: Winner of GM 1 vs. Loser of GM 3 - 10 a.m.
GM 6: Winner of GM 2 vs. Loser of GM 4 - 12:30 p.m.
GM 7: Winner of GM 3 vs. Winner of GM 4 - 3 p.m.
GM 8: Winner of GM 5 vs. Winner of GM 6 - 5:30 p.m.
Finals- Sunday (August 18)
GM 9: Winner of GM 8 vs. Loser of GM 7 - 1 p.m. (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
GM 10: Winner of GM 7 vs. Winner of GM 9 - 3 p.m. (GOLD MEDAL GAME)