Cat Osterman allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in her second consecutive start, leading Team USA to a 3-0 victory over Mexico at the 2020 Summer Games softball tournament.
Osterman struck out four batters and walked one in a 2-0 victory Saturday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Monica Abbott, another ace, struck out three of the final four batters in the seventh inning to earn her second save.
Osterman, who came out of retirement to pitch for Team USA, is 2-0 through two starts, with just two hits allowed, one walk issued and 13 strikeouts through 12 scoreless innings.
With the win, the Americans became the first team of the opening round to win three games in the six-team, round-robin tournament. The Top 2 teams in the standings qualify for the gold medal game.
Saturday’s game was scoreless after two innings. In the third round, Team USA broke the tie. To begin the frame, Mexico starter Dallas Escobedo walked catcher Dejah Mulipola. In the next at-bat, leadoff hitter Haylie McCleney singled to left field.
In the next two at-bats, Escobedo struck out left fielder Janie Reed and forced right fielder Amanda Chidester to fly out. She then intentionally walked first baseman Valerie Arioto.
Ali Aguilar, Team USA’s second baseman, then ripped a clutch single between first and second base, bringing in the game’s only two runs.
Osterman, who struck out the final 15 batters she faced, dominated Mexico late in the game. Abbott struck out the final three batters with just 12 pitches.
Aguilar and McCleney each had two hits for Team USA. The Americans will play Australia in their next game on Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT in Yokohama. That game is broadcast on CNBC.
They play host Japan in their final first-round game on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on USA.