Oct. 23, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Current Tennessee junior second baseman Lauren Gibson and former Lady Vol softball center fielder Kelly Grieve helped guide the USA Softball Senior Women's National Team to a gold medal victory with a commanding 11-1 (4 inn.) triumph over Canada on Sun., Oct. 23, at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The win marked Team USA's eighth all-time Pan Am Games gold medal (1979, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011) and sixth in a row. The American softball program now possesses a staggering record of 87-3 since softball debuted in the 1979 Pan American Games.
As a team the U.S. hit .428 throughout the week while outscoring the opposition, 78-8. The pitching staff held opponents to a .145 batting average and recorded five shutout victories.
"Karen (Co-Head Coach Weekly) and I are extremely proud of both Lauren and Kelly," Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "Even more proud of the way those two represent not just the University of Tennessee but the United States of America. We're so happy that both of them got to experience having a gold medal placed around their necks and then watching the U.S. flag rise to the playing of the national anthem."
Gibson was 1-for-2 for the Red, White & Blue with a tone-setting, first-inning solo home run, three runs scored and an RBI during the title tilt against the Canadians. The Pasadena, Md., native starred for the American squad all week long, hitting an impressive .529 overall (9-for-17) with eight runs scored, a double, three triples, a HR and eight RBIs while going 3-for-3 on stolen bases and slugging at a 1.118 clip.
A native of Asheville, N.C., Grieve was a perfect 1-for-1 with an RBI in the championship contest against Canada as a pinch runner/right fielder sub. She hit .250 overall (3-for-12) over eight contests (four starts) with four runs scored, a pair of walks and three RBIs.
USA Senior Women's National Team Pan Am Games Schedule
Oct. 17 U.S. vs. Venezuela U.S. 10-0 (4 inn.)
Oct. 18 U.S. vs. Dominican Republic U.S. 10-0 (4 inn.)
U.S. vs. Mexico U.S. 7-0 ( 5 inn.)
Oct. 19 U.S. vs. Cuba U.S. 3-0
U.S. vs. Puerto Rico U.S. 4-1
Oct. 20 U.S. vs. Canada U.S. 12-5 (5 inn.)
Oct. 21 U.S. vs. Argentina U.S. 8-0
Oct. 22 U.S. vs. Cuba U.S. 13-1 (5 inn.)
Oct. 23 U.S. vs. Canada U.S. 11-1 (4 inn.)