Four Huskies to Compete for Medals in Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan – With all of softball's group stage games completed, it is finally time to compete for the coveted hardware at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sunday night began with Team USA taking on Japan in a preview of Tuesday morning's Gold Medal Game. Trailing 1-0 heading into the sixth inning, the Americans would score in the bottom of the sixth and once more in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Ali Aguilar once again started at second base for Team USA and reached base twice on two walks. She has started and reached base in every game of the Olympics.
The second game of the day saw the Husky trio on Canada dominate once again. Victoria Hayward scored three runs and leads all players at the Olympics with seven total. Danielle Lawrie threw 3.0 innings and gave up an unearned run while striking out three. She has pitched a total of 9.0 innings in Tokyo and has yet to give up an earned run. Jenn Salling kept up her strong play at the plate, racking up another two hits with an RBI and a run scored to help lead Canada to an 8-1 win.
In the final game of the day, Gabbie Plain saw action for Australia in its game against Mexico. Although she pitched just 0.1 innings, she did not allow a run in Australia's final contest of the Olympics.
On Monday night at 9:00 p.m., Hayward, Lawrie and Salling will represent Canada in the Bronze Medal Game against Mexico on CNBC.
Aguilar and Team USA will face off with Japan at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the Gold Medal Game on NBCSN. UW Head Coach Heather Tarr serves as an assistant and the first base coach for Team USA and pitching coach Lance Glasoe is on the USA staff as well, although coaches are not eligible to receive medals.
Day 5 Recap
Game 13: USA 2, Japan 1
- Ali Aguilar (USA) started at second base for the fifth straight game and reached base twice with two walks.
Game 14: Canada 8, Italy 1
- Victoria Hayward (CAN) went 1-for-4 and scored three runs. Her seven runs scored are the most at the Olympics. No other player has more than four.
- Jenn Salling (CAN) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and another run driven in. Salling is tied for first in the Olympics in slugging percentage (1.000) and is second in batting average (.583) and runs batted in (5).
- Danielle Lawrie (CAN) pitched another 3.0 innings, giving up one unearned run with three strikeouts. Lawrie has an ERA of 0.00 in 9.0 innings pitched in Tokyo.
Game 15: Mexico 4, Australia 1
- Gabbie Plain (AUS) pitched in her second game of the Olympics, throwing 0.1 innings and not allowing a run.
Medal Round Schedule (Times listed are PST)
Bronze Medal Game (Monday): Mexico vs. Canada: 9:00 p.m., CNBC
Gold Medal Game (Tuesday): USA vs. Japan, 4:00 a.m., NBCSN
- USA: Ali Aguilar