Charters, USA Win World Cup

July 21, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Former Husky All-American and recent National Champion Ashley Charters continued her success with Team USA this week, helping the national team to their second consecutive tournament victory as they defeated Australia, 3-1, last night to win the gold medal in the World Cup of Softball at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Charters started at second base in four of the USA's six games - all victories - as the U.S. won their third World Cup. Current Huskies Danielle Lawrie and Jenn Salling played a big part in Canada's 4-1 win over Japan on Monday to help the Canadians take home the bronze medal. Canada finished second to USA in the Canada Cup two weeks ago.

Charters did not play in the championship game but had several key hits in the games leading up to the finals. Lawrie and Salling, meanwhile, keyed Canada's win on Monday.

Lawrie allowed just four hits in getting her first win of the World Cup. She fanned five batters and walked none as Canada concluded the competition with a 4-2 record. Japan finished with a 3-3 record and in fourth place.

Canada collected 10 hits off three Japan hurlers and scored three times in the third against Japan starter Sayuri Yamane. Three of the hits came in the third inning and included an RBI triple by Salling, who later scored on an obstruction call on the Japan first baseman, and a solo homer by Jen Yee over left field.

Japan got its only run off Lawrie in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI two-out double by third baseman Haruna Sakamonto, scoring shortstop Rei Nishiyama who had doubled to open the inning.

Salling had two hits for Canada in the game.

Both teams now look to the Pan American Games qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug. 9.

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