Mulipola, Team USA Take Silver in Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan – Dejah Mulipola and the U.S. Women's National Softball Team finished second against Japan on Tuesday morning, taking home the silver medal.
Overall, Team USA went 5-0 in the opening round, defeating Japan 2-1 on Sunday night for the designated home team advantage in the gold medal game.
The two-time NFCA Catcher of the Year and two-time All-American started at catcher for Team USA against Mexico, tallying one hit, one walk, and four putouts.
Mulipola joins Jennie Finch, Lovie Jung, Caitlin Lowe, and Leah O'Brien as the fifth Arizona softball player to medal in the Olympic games, bringing Arizona Softball's total medal count to 11. Arizona softball has produced 11 Olympians: eight players, two alternates, and one head coach.
In addition to Mulipola, three other Wildcats competed in the Tokyo Olympics. Danielle O'Toole and Taylor McQuillin competed for Mexico in the bronze medal game against Canada. O'Toole pitched a complete game, but Canada won 3-2 to earn the bronze medal. Over the course of the games, O'Toole appeared in three games and pitched 17 total innings, allowing only three earned runs with a 1.24 ERA for Mexico. McQuillin appeared in Mexico's first game against Canada in the opening round.
Giulia Koutsoyanopulos competed for Italy, who came in sixth place. Koutsoyanopulos started all five games for Italy, playing one game at centerfield and four games at first base.
Click here to see the full list of Arizona Olympians competing in Tokyo.