CARACAS, Venezuela - Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) will start the Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the ISF Women's World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.The game, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Central, will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. due to a two-hour rain delay that started in the top of the second during the Bronze Medal Game.
Live stats will not be available for the Gold Medal Game, where USA is the visitor, but fans can watch the Venezuelan TV feed at http://www.vtv.gov.ve/envivo.html. (This story will also be updated at the end of each inning with a scoring update.)
Japan advanced from the Bronze Medal Game by defeating Canada 12-3. The Bronze Medal is Canada's second World medal, the first being a silver medal from the 1978 Women's World Championship where the United States defeated them 4-0 in the Championship Game.
Also starting for Team USA: Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) at shortstop; Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) at center field; Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) at left field; Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) at third base; Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.) at second base; Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) at first; and Lauren Lappin (Anahiem, Calif.) at catcher. Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) is the designated player, batting in place of Osterman.
First inning: USA 0, Japan 0
Second inning: USA 0, Japan 0
Third inning: USA 0, Japan 0
Fourth inning: USA 5, Japan 0 (Alissa Haber RBI single; Jennie Finch RBI single; Lauren Lappin 2 RBI triple; Lappin scores on a passed ball)
Fifth inning: USA 7, Japan 0 (Andrea Duran home run)
Final: USA 7, Japan 0 (run-rule)
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed three World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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