Live Updates World Games Softball Semi-Finals: Team USA vs Australia

HOOVER, Ala. – A trip to the gold medal game against Japan is one of the issues Tuesday night at the Hoover Met between Team USA and Australia.

Team USA is undefeated so far at the 2022 World Games with wins over Italy, Chinese Taipei and Canada. The Eagles outscore their opponents 23-2 in three games.

Australia lost to Japan in the opening match, but finished group play with wins over Mexico and Puerto Rico to reach the semi-finals.

Alabama’s Haylie McCleney started every game for Team USA in center field while also leading the batting order. Current Alabama pitcher Montana pitched three relief innings against Italy, striking out eight. The bishops didn’t appear in games two or three for Team USA.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on CBS Sports Network with Alabama softball player Gray Robertson and former Alabama outfielder Kayla Braud on the call.

United States starting lineup

1. Haylie McCleney – FC

2. Amanda Lorenz – LF

3. Charla Echols – 3B

4. Hannah Flippen – SS

5. Kinzie Hansen – C

6. Dejah Mulipola – DP

7. Taylor Pleasants – SS

8. Bubba Nickles – RF

9. Janae Jefferson – 2B

Starting Pitcher – Ally Carda

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Live updates

FINAL: Team USA 5, Australia 0

Top 7

  • A ground ball ends it and Team USA wins the game with its third shutout in four games.
  • Make these five straight outs for Fouts.
  • Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Fouts opens the frame with another strikeout.

Bottom 6

FIN 6: USA 5, Australia 0

  • A popup ends the round, and this one will have to pass to 7.
  • Echols puts a load in one, but it’s about 12 feet from the fence. Two withdrawals.
  • Back-to-back walks to McCleney and Lorenz have two American runners with one out.

Top 6

MID 6: United States 5, Australia 0

  • Fouts strikes to the side in the sixth. She swings the final hitter with the rise.
    • 11 of the 12 outs recorded by the Fouts at the World Games have come by strikeout.
  • Consecutive shots at bat for the Fouts.
  • Fouts picks up where she left off on Sunday, retiring the first batter she faces.
  • Montana Fouts is back in the circle for Team USA for the first time since Sunday night against Italy.

Bottom 5

FIN 5: USA 5, Australia 0

  • The United States cannot capitalize on the opportunity with one strikeout and one out.
  • Mulipola walks and both runners get into scoring position on a passed ball.
  • Departure walk for Flippen.
  • If Team USA can score two runs this inning, it will be the team’s third straight victory.

Top 5

MID 5: United States 5, Australia 0

  • Another 1-2-3 round for Carda with three fast ground balls.

Bottom 4

FIN 4: USA 5, Australia 0

  • With Echols caught off guard early, McCleney comes in to score from third and pushes the lead to five points. United States 5, Australia 0
    • McCleney is now hitting .583 with five RBIs and four runs scored in four games at the World Games.
  • Echols walks to put the runners on the corner of Flippen.
  • McCleney moves up to third with two outs on a Lorenz fly ball.
  • Haylie McCleney opens this game wide with a goal clearance double. The United States leads 4-0.
  • Jefferson draws a step to load the bases for the top end.

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  • Nickles lands his first hit of the World Games with a left-sided single, and Team USA has two runners with one out.
  • Pleasants reaches base for the first time with a single step.

Top 4

MID 4: United States 1, Australia 0

  • Carda starts to find her groove with another round three up, three down. She adds two more outs in the frame and counts up to six in the game.

Bottom 3

FIN 3: USA 1, Australia 0

  • A groundout ends the frame and blocks the runners.
  • Flippen draws a walk with two outs to put two with two outs for Hansen.
  • The hit-and-run keeps the United States out of the double play. McCleney passes to second and Lorenz is eliminated first.
  • McCleney leads in the bottom of the third with his second hit of the game.

Top 3

MID 3: United States 1, Australia 0

  • Carda gets its first 1-2-3 run of the game.

Bottom 2

FIN 2: USA 1, Australia 0

  • Jefferson retires and the inning is over.
  • Nickles walks two out for the first American base runner in the inning.

Top 2

MID 2: United States 1, Australia 0

  • And nothing comes from the two-out hit as a ground fly ends the half-inning.
  • After getting the first two out quickly, a hard-hit ball on third gives Australia a two-out base runner.

Bottom 1 – American Hitter

FIN 1: USA 1, Australia 0

  • A flyout in the center completes the frame.
  • Flippen lines one up on center field, and McCleney comes in to score and give Team USA the lead. United States 1, Australia 0
  • A ground fly moves McCleney to second with one out.
  • McCleney slaps one on the left side for a first single.

Top 1 – Australian batting

MID 1: United States 0, Australia 0

  • A strikeout knocks Carda out of frame and blocks loaded bases.
  • Back-to-back marches load the bases for Australia.
  • Another walk places two Australian runners with two outs.
  • A groundout moves Cox into scoring position with two outs.
  • Carda rebounds with a strikeout for the first out.
  • Cox fights a long battle to draw the first step.
  • Carda’s first pitch is a strike, and that game is on.

Pregame

  • Team USA is the designated home team and will be on the field to start.
  • Ally Carda is in the circle of the Eagles. She started the first game against Italy and pitched four scoreless innings.
  • Team USA is back in navy uniforms with red socks.

Australia squad starting lineup

1. Michelle Cox – RF

2. Shannon Keevers – LF

3. Tamieka Whitefield – 2B

4. Taylah Tsitsikronis – 1B

5. Jade Wall – CF

6. Georgia Hood – DP

7. Clare Warwick – 3B

8. Stacy McManus – SS

9. Belinda White – C

Starting Pitcher – Ellen Roberts

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