Team USA Cruises Through Pool Play in Canada
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USA Softball Women's National Team finished off pool play by cruising past another opponent at the ISF Women's World FP Championships.
Head coach Ken Eriksen's Team USA squad scored 12 runs in the first inning and took care of Argentina, 14-1, in four innings Thursday afternoon in Canada.
"I didn't think we were going to score that many that early," Eriksen said. "They came out and hit the ball."
Thursday's game marked the first time an opponent has scored a run against the Americans in seven tournament contests. Argentina's lone run was unearned. The U.S. has scored 78 runs heading into the team's first playoff test against Canada on Friday at 8 p.m. (EST).
"Our pitchers have done a good job of making some good adjustments and the offense has just been incredible," Eriksen said.
Team USA is coming off a second-place finish at the Canadian Open Championship in Surrey, B.C. Before coaching Team USA, Eriksen guided the USF softball team to the program's first appearance at the Women's College World Series.
Team USA Honored on Thursday
The USA Softball Women's National Team was picked as the runner-up for June's U.S. Olympic Committee team of the month.
The U.S. started the month off by defeating Canada, 9-1, in the Title IX Celebration game on June 23. The team went on to win six consecutive games and capture the World Cup of Softball title.