USA blanks Virgin Islands
Women's Cumulative Stats
Juan, Puerto Rico -- The USA Softball Women’s National Team completed round
robin action of the Pan American Games Qualifier on Thursday evening with a
12-0, four inning shutout victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands. The win
marked the fifth shutout of the tournament for Team USA as they tallied a
perfect 6-0 record over five days of action.
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.
Friday (August 16) - All times EST
1: Brazil vs. No. 4 Mexico – 9 a.m.
2: B3 vs. Colombia – TBD*
3: USA vs. B2 - TBD*
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.
Saturday (August 17)
5: Winner of GM 1 vs. Loser of GM 3 - 10 a.m.
6: Winner of GM 2 vs. Loser of GM 4 - 12:30 p.m.
7: Winner of GM 3 vs. Winner of GM 4 - 3 p.m.
8: Winner of GM 5 vs. Winner of GM 6 - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday (August 18)
9: Winner of GM 8 vs. Loser of GM 7 - 1 p.m. (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
10: Winner of GM 7 vs. Winner of GM 9 - 3 p.m. (GOLD MEDAL GAME)
six games of round-robin play and including the Mayor's Cup, the USA has
outscored its opponents 93-9 and has a team batting average of .412. Leading
the stat sheet in the RBI column is Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas), who
has 15 RBI. Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) is hitting .583 (7-for-12) in
eight games played and Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is hitting .545
(12-for-22) in eight games played. From the circle, the pitching staff
has an ERA of 1.04 in 54 innings pitched.
Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) earned the win against the Virgin Islands, tallying
her first victory of the Qualifier. Arioto allowed just one hit, two walks and
no runs while striking out seven in four innings pitched.
a leadoff walk to Joandra Perez, Arioto retired the Virgin Islands with a bunt
and back-to-back strikeouts. The U.S. took the lead in the bottom of the
first as Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off with a single and was
followed with a walk to Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.). Lauren Gibson (Pasadena,
Md.) loaded the bases for the Red, White and Blue with a single before Amanda
Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) brought in Moultrie with a groundout to first
base. A hit-by-pitch to Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) put
runners on all bases again for the U.S. before a walk to Hudson brought in the
second run of the inning for USA. Hoagland then hit a single to left
field to score Gibson and Chamberlain to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead entering the
U.S. hammered out an additional three runs in the bottom of the second after
Gibson led off with a triple. Chidester brought Gibson home with a double
before Chamberlain sent a shot over the centerfield fence to extend the lead to
leadoff double from Hoagland started the offense for the U.S. in the third
inning before a walk to Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) put two runners on
base. Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) hit a single to score Hoagland
and a walk to Moultrie loaded the bases for the third time in the game. Taylor
brought Salvarola in after hitting a ground ball to shortstop, who threw it to
the second baseman to get Moultrie out at second. With two outs,
Chidester recorded her third RBI of the day with a single to plate
Martinez. Chamberlain hit a single to left field, and an error by the
left fielder plated Chidester to give the U.S. a comfortable 12-0 lead.
Virgin Islands would prevent the no-hitter in the top of the fourth as Laura
Isaac hit a single to right field with two outs. Arioto then issued a
walk to Karima Brown, but a groundball to Hudson at third ended the game.
led the way for the U.S. offense, going 2-for-2 with three RBI while Chidester
knocked in three RBI as well.
U.S. will enter the playoffs tomorrow afternoon against the winner of Canada
vs. Puerto Rico as both squads are fighting for the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in
Pool B. If Canada wins the contest, the U.S. will play against the
Canadians at 2 p.m. EST, whereas if Puerto Rico wins the U.S. will play at 4:30
p.m. EST. Live stats and online streaming (pay-per-view) will be
available throughout the Pan American Games Qualifier and links can be found at