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USA Blasts Great Britain To Advance To Final

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Kaitlin Cochran Celebrating with teammates after scoring during the 10-run fourth inning. (AP Photo) Kaitlin Cochran Celebrating with teammates after scoring during the 10-run fourth inning. (AP Photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The US National Softball team entered the bottom of the fourth inning in a scoreless tie with the team from Great Britain. Ten runs later, the US squad claimed a 10-0, run-rule win to advance to the final of the World Cup of Softball.

With one out on the board and runners on second and third, Great Britain pitcher Stacie Townsend hit Taylor Hoagland to load the bases. Christi Orgeron subbed in as a DP in the next at-bat and sent a bases-clearing double to center field to give the US team a 3-0 lead.

Two batters later, Michelle Moultrie reached on a fielding error to bring Orgeron home and give the US a four-run advantage.

The United States managed to load the bases yet again and Stacy May-Johnson went yard to left field for a grand slam, giving the US a 8-0 lead over Great Britain. After Kaitlin Cochran struck out swinging, Valerie Arioto and Brittany Schutte hit back-to-back homers to give the US a 10-0 lead and end the game.

Whitney Canion kept the team from Great Britain in check to earn a four-inning win, giving up just two hits and striking out six of the 14 batters she faced. Townsend was also dealing for her first three innings, but fell apart in the fourth. Two of her three walks, six of her eight hits and all seven earned runs came in what proved to be the final inning.

The United States team will now take part in the first place game at 8 p.m. Monday.

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