Lady Mocs' trio shines in World Cup of Softball debut
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WRCB) -- Vivian Morimoto, Ninjja Suetsugu and Nicole Osterman all wore the same colors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this past spring, but they were on opposite sides Thursday on the opening day of pool play at the 2012 World Cup of Softball.
Morimoto and Suetsugu each had a hand in helping Brazil beat Osterman's Puerto Rican team 2-1 in eight innings in the opening game for each side. Morimoto reached on an error that scored Suetsugu to tie the game at 1-all in the seventh before the Brazilians won it in the eighth.
All three Lady Mocs recorded a hit on the day in two games, with Suetsugu later scoring Brazil's lone run in an 11-1 loss to Australia.
Osterman went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk in the tournament-opening loss to Brazil, but struck out in her only official at-bat in Puerto Rico's 8-0 loss to Team USA in game two.
Morimoto and Suetsugu will get their crack at Team USA on Sunday in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN2.