Cat Osterman, Team USA Shut Out Italy for First Softball Victory in Tokyo

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The U.S. Softball Women's National Team returned to the Olympic signifier connected Tuesday nighttime successful Tokyo.

Making their 5th Olympic quality and archetypal since 2008, Team USA overcame a dilatory commencement to decision Italy 2-0 astatine Fukushima Azuma Stadium.

Cat Osterman, who was a subordinate of the 2008 U.S. Olympic softball team, returned to the mound Tuesday, pitching six shutout innings and allowing lone 1 deed with 9 strikeouts.

Michelle Moultrie opened up the scoring successful the 4th inning, singling to close tract and driving successful Valerie Arioto for the archetypal tally of the game.

Aubree Munro singled to 3rd basal astatine the apical of the 5th inning and yet worked her mode to third, allowing Janie Reed to thrust her location connected a sacrifice fly.

Monica Abbott, different subordinate of the 2008 team, closed retired the crippled successful the seventh to springiness the U.S. its archetypal Olympic triumph of the Tokyo Games.

Team USA volition present hole to look Canada connected Wednesday astatine 8 p.m. ET.

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