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Team USA claims back-to-back shutout wins over No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Chinese Taipei at 2018 Japan Cup

November 3, 2018

Takasaki City, Japan —  Team USA claims back-to-back shutout wins over No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Chinese Taipei at 2018 Japan Cup



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November 2, 2018

Team USA claims back-to-back shutout wins over No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Chinese Taipei at 2018 Japan Cup

Takasaki City, Japan — In their first two games of the 2018 Japan Cup, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed back-to-back shutout wins over No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Chinese Taipei, USA Softball announced today. The WNT defeated Chinese Taipei 10-0 (four innings), as the pitching duo of Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) and Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) combined to throw a no-hitter, while Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) delivered 13 strikeouts to shutout Australia for an 8-0 (six innings) victory.

Game One: USA 10, Chinese Taipei 0 (four innings)
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Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) and Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) had multi-hit performances and led the team with four RBI apiece as the U.S. took game one at the Japan Cup against No. 5 Chinese Taipei by a score of 10-0 (four innings).

Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.) led off the first inning with a double to centerfield and a walk to Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour, Fla.) put two on for the U.S. The next at-bat, the Red, White and Blue scored first on a RBI single from Aguilar and then a walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) loaded the bases. A line drive to left field from Flippen plated Kretschman before Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) added to the U.S. lead with a sac fly to centerfield brought Aguilar home, making it 3-0.

Chinese Taipei had their sole base runner of the game reach first on a walk in the top of the second inning but three-straight strikeouts from O'Toole sent the U.S. offense back to the plate.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Reed took first on a hit by pitch and stole second before advancing to third on a groundout. A hard hit ball up the middle from Aguilar plated Reed before a single from Arioto put two on for Team USA. A three-run home run from Flippen cleared the bases to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead. Before the inning's end, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) reached first on an error, stole second and scored after an infield error by Chinese Taipei.

Another three-up, three-down inning kept Chinese Taipei scoreless in the top of the third, while Team USA added to their lead in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Reed and Kretschman reached on back-to-back walks before Aguilar tripled on a line drive to left field to make it 10-0 and ultimately seal the 10-0 victory for the U.S.

O'Toole earned the win for the Red, White and Blue, fanning five batters in three innings of work while Moore pitched the final inning for the U.S. and collected one strikeout to lock up the game. Both pitchers held Chinese Taipei hitless, the fifth no-hitter of the summer for Team USA.

Game One: USA 8, Australia 0 (six innings)
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Team USA claimed another shutout victory over No. 4 Australia in their second game of the day at the Japan Cup. Aguilar, Arioto, and Flippen picked up two RBI apiece, while Abbott earned the win for the Red, White and Blue.

A one out walk to Spaulding in the bottom of the second inning started the first U.S. scoring rally. Two batters later, a pop fly from Reed was mishandled to score Spaulding, while a RBI double from Kirsti Merritt (Lake Pansoffkee, Fla.) put the home team on top, 2-0. With two outs on a 3-2 count, Aguilar delivered for her team and blasted a two-run shot to right field to give the U.S. a 4-0 advantage after two innings.

Abbott kept the Australian offense off the base paths through their next two at-bats while Flippen continued her hot streak in the bottom half of the fourth inning, hitting a line drive to centerfield to plate both Merritt and Aguilar and make it 6-0.

That score stood until the bottom of the sixth inning when Arioto delivered a walk off, two-run home run to seal the 8-0, run-rule victory. Abbott earned the “W” after fanning 13 batters and allowing just three hits in her six innings of work.

The U.S. will close out round robin play against host country Japan on November 3 at 10 a.m. JST (November 2, 8 p.m. CT). On November 4, the teams with the third and fourth best records will play in the Bronze Medal game at 1 p.m. JST (November 3, 11 p.m. CT) while the Gold Medal Game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed will take place at 4 p.m. JST (2 a.m. CT).

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