World Cup of Softball 2012 Results: Scores, Highlights and Latest Standings

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World Cup of Softball 2012 Results: Scores, Highlights and Latest Standings
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Update: July 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET

After five days of nonstop action, the 2012 World Cup of Softball has finally come to a close, with the United States winning its sixth consecutive championship by beating Australia 3-0.

Jackie Taina started the game for Team USA, and threw four one-hit innings. She was relieved by Jordan Taylor who pitched one scoreless inning before Keilani Ricketts came in to finish the job, striking out the final batter to clinch the title for her team.

Every year it seems like this tournament is the United States' to lose. This year, they allowed only two runs and scored 34 of their own through six games.

Australia finished the tournament in second place with a record of 4-2.

In other games today, Canada beat the Netherlands 11-8 in the third-place game behind Jennifer Yee's four-RBI day.

Puerto Rico beat Brazil 4-1 to finish in fifth place in the tournament thanks to a complete game by Karla Claudio.

 

Final Standings

Team Wins Losses Runs Scored Runs Against
United States 6 0 34 2
Australia 4 2 29 15
Canada 3 3 30 31
Netherlands 3 3 27 28
Puerto Rico 1 5 7 25
Brazil 1 5 7 29

End of Update

 

Update: July 2 at 12:15 a.m. ET

Chelsea Thomas won her third game of the 2012 World Cup of Softball, leading Team USA to a 9-0 victory over Brazil on Sunday. She struck out nine-of-17 batters and has not allowed an earned run throughout the entire tournament.

The United States won its second straight run-rule game and clinched a spot on Monday's final against Australia.

The Australians clinched a final berth with a 4-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday.

In other games, Canada won both games it played today, beating Puerto Rico 7-0 and walloping Brazil by a score of 13-0.

The United States is heading into the final game against Australia with a 5-0 record and is looking to finish the tournament undefeated for the fifth time in team history. Since the competition's inauguration in 2005, no team has won every game.

 

Updated Standings

Team Wins Losses Runs For Runs Allowed
United States 5 0 31 2
Australia 4 1 29 12
Netherlands 3 2 19 17
Canada 1 3 19
23
Brazil 1 3 6 25
Puerto Rico 0 4 3 24

 

Upcoming Schedule for July 2

Teams Winner Loser Game Time
Puerto Rico vs. Brazil Fifth Place Sixth Place Fifth Place Game 1 p.m. ET
Canada vs. Netherlands Third Place Fourth Place Third Place Game 4 p.m. ET
Australia vs. United States Champion Second Place Championship Game 8 p.m. ET

 

End of Update


Update: June 30 at 11:50 p.m. ET

Australia (3-1) picked up a 6-2 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday at the World Cup of Softball. 

The Australian team scored three runs in the third inning, aided by three errors by Puerto Rico (0-4).

The win puts Australia in a second-place tie with the Netherlands. Those two teams play at 2:30 CDT on Sunday to see who will play the U.S. team in the championship on Monday night.

Puerto Rico will play Canada on Sunday. With a win and some help they could still end up in the third-place contest on Monday. 

    Current Standings

 

USA

4-0

 

Australia

3-1

 

Netherlands

3-1

 

Brazil 

1-2

 

Canada

0-3

 

Puerto Rico

0-4

 

 

Sunday, July 1

Noon

USA vs. Brazil

 

 2:30 p.m.

Netherlands vs. Australia

 

5 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Canada

 

7:30 p.m.

Canada vs. Brazil

Monday, July 2

1 p.m.

5th seed vs. 6th seed

 

4 p.m.

3rd seed vs. 4th seed

 

8 p.m.

1st seed vs. 2nd seed

End of Update

 

Update: June 30 at 8:40 p.m. ET

The United states (4-0) will face Brazil (1-2) on Sunday following a 9-0 victory over Canada (0-3). The game was called after Canada finished the top of the fifth inning due to the run-ahead (mercy) rule.

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Valerie Arioto hit a home run in her third consecutive game to highlight a four-run first inning. Samantha Fischer added a three-run shot in the third inning as the American team took an 8-0 lead.

They added a run in the fourth.

The victory secures the U.S. team a berth in the finals to be played at 8:00 PM CDT on Monday.

End of Update

 

Update: June 30 at 8:10 p.m. ET

Following a three-run home run from Samantha Fischer, the United States have taken a commanding 8-0 lead over Canada. The U.S. is still batting in the bottom of the third inning. 

The run-ahead rule could be invoked if the U.S. has a 10-run lead after the fourth inning or maintains a seven-run lead after five innings of play.

End of Update

 

Update: June 30 at 3:10 p.m. ET

The United States scored a run in the sixth inning off a Valerie Arioto home run to secure a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. They had a chance to extend the lead but left runners on the corners.

The win moves them to 3-0 and gave the Dutch team their first loss, now 3-1.

The Netherlands took a brief lead when Nathalie Timmermans homered in the fifth inning.

The American team manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning. Rhea Taylor scored on a groundout after reaching on an error and stealing second base.

The United States will face Canada later this evening.

End of Update


Update: June 29 at 10:10 p.m. ET 

After defeating Brazil and Puerto Rico today, the Netherlands is now 3-0 in the 2012 World Cup of Softball. 

The Netherlands started things off on Friday with a 4-3 victory over the Brazilians, as Nathalie Timmermans went 2-for-3 with two RBI. The Dutch ended the day with a 7-2 thrashing of Puerto Rico, as starter Femke Van Dusschoten threw seven innings of two-hit ball and Karin Tuk went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Tuk is batting .455 in the tournament.

The United States shot up the standings to second place in Day 2, earning a hard-fought victory over Australia, 3-1. Valerie Arioto hit a home run in this one, while starter Jordan Taylor pitched four innings of shutout ball.

Canada suffered its second consecutive 7-6 loss in the tournament. The Canadiens were ahead, 5-1, headed into the bottom of the sixth inning before Australia erupted for five runs in the frame. After Canada bounced back with a run in the seventh, Brenda De Blaes won it for Australia with a two-out single.  

 

Update: June 28 at 10:15 p.m. ET

Day one of the 2012 World Cup of Softball has concluded, and it was filled with excitement.

The United States starting the competition on the right foot with an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico. Chelsea Thomas had six punch outs in 3.2 innings to lead the Americans on the mound.

Propelled by a five-run third inning, the US took the lead early and never looked back. Puerto Rico managed just one hit, so any type of scoring would have been sufficient.

As far as the rest of the action of the day, Virginie Annevelt led the Netherlands past Canada by going 3-for-4 to lead her team to a 7-6, eight-inning victory.

Puerto Rico played its first game of the day against Brazil and had no luck in that one either. The Brazilians scored a run in the seventh and eighth innings to come away with a 2-1 win.

Brazil went 1-1 on Thursday, dropping a game to Australia by a score of 11-1. Stacey Porter had a 2-for-3, two RBI day at the plate, scoring three runs in her team's rout.

End of Update

In case you didn't get your fill of softball during the Women's College World Series earlier this month, don't fret. The World Cup of Softball is sure to bring you the best players and top action from around the globe. 

After Japan won the inaugural tournament back in 2005, the Americans have taken home five-straight titles and are looking to make it six when they enter Oklahoma City. 

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Led by Keilani Ricketts, the USA are heavy favorites, but just like always, Japan are sure to give them a run for the gold. Don't forget about Canada or Australia, who are both always in contention. 

What follows is a look at where you can catch all the exciting action, and it will constantly be updated with scores, highlights and the latest standings. So stay tuned. 

 

Schedule and Scores (via asasoftball.com)

All times are EST

 

Wednesday, June 27 

Slow Pitch Showdown (USA Men vs. USA Men's Futures) at 8 p.m.

 

Thursday, June 28 

Puerto Rico vs. Brazil at 10 a.m.

Canada vs. Netherlands at 12:30 a.m. 

Australia vs. Brazil at 3 p.m.

USA vs. Puerto Rico at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, June 29

Brazil vs. Netherlands at 10 a.m. 

Canada vs. Australia at 12:30 a.m. 

Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico at 3 p.m. 

USA vs. Australia (Military Night) at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 30 

USA vs. Netherlands (pink game) at 12 a.m. 

Border Battle IV (USA vs. Canada men’s slow pitch) at 3 p.m. 

USA vs. Canada at 7 p.m. 

Puerto Rico vs. Australia 9:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, July 1 

USA vs. Brazil at 1:00 p.m. 

Netherlands vs. Australia at 3:30 p.m. 

Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 6 p.m. 

Canada vs. Brazil at 8:30 p.m.

 

Monday, July 2 

No. 5 vs. No. 6 at 2 p.m. 

No. 3 vs. No. 4 at 5 p.m. 

No. 1 vs. No. 2 at 9 p.m.

 

Standings

Rank Team Wins Losses Runs For Runs Allowed
1 Netherlands 3 0 18 11
2 United States 2 0 11 1
3 Australia 2 1 19 10
4 Brazil 1 2 6 16
5 Canada 0 2 12 14
6 Puerto Rico 0 3 3 17

 

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