Americans Top Aussies for Gold; Japan a No-Show

By TSC Analyst/Contributor DANIEL URBAN

OKLAHOMA CITY  Team USA just captured the gold medal in the 2012 World Cup of Softball. The Americans defeated Australia 3-0 to take the title.

Jackie Traina, member of the NCAA-champion Alabama Crimson Tide and hero of the 2012 WCWS pitched for Team USA during the title game and picked up her first international win. Team USA went 6-0 during the tournament and outscored opponents 34 to 2. Three of its six games ended as mercy rule victories. Here are the outcomes:

Game 1: USA defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 (mercy rule)
Game 2: USA defeated Australia 3-1
Game 3: USA defeated Netherlands 2-1
Game 4: USA defeated Canada 9-0 (mercy rule)
Game 5: USA defeated Brazil 9-0 (mercy rule)
Game 6: USA defeated Australia 3-0

I am happy to see that Australia is back in the conversation for the top teams in international softball. Australia was a contender a few Olympics ago with famed ace pitcher Tonya Harding (who also played for UCLA in 1995) but has since become a middling team.

I was really surprised to see that Japan was not part of the World Cup. There were no Asian teams in the tournament so either they have no softball programs or they chose not to compete. Only North America, South America, Europe and Australia were represented, and only six total teams participated.

I've got to hand it to Team USA for another dominating international win! Read more.