Gold to go for the Team USA softball.
The United States has pitched their way into the 2021 Olympics gold-medal with dazzling performances throughout the softball tournament, with Monica Abbott, Cat Osterman and Ally Carda combining for seven innings of four hit, one-run ball on Sunday night’s 2-1 win.
It took the heroics of Kelsey Stewart to push the U.S. over the top; Stewart mashed a walk-off shot over the right-field fence to give the States the W. It’s not the first time Stewart delivered against Japan, either: In 2018, Stewart nailed a walk-off single to give the United States the world-championship victory over Japan.
Team USA will meet Japan again on Tuesday morning, with the undefeated U.S. facing off against the host country for the whole megillah in the gold-medal game. Sporting News will be carrying live updates, highlights and more below.
USA vs. Japan softball score
USA vs. Japan live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics gold-medal game
8:18 a.m.: Monica Abbott coming in for Ally Carda. With the lack of offense the U.S. has put forth, they need to hold Japan here.
8:17 a.m.: Carda allows a two-out single to Yamamoto. More trouble for the United States.
8:11 a.m. END OF FOURTH: Another easy 1-2-3 inning for Japan. It’s starting to get late early for the U.S. Still searching for offense and not getting it.
8:04 a.m. END TOP FOURTH: Carda gives up the United States’ first earned run of the 2021 Olympic tournament. Japan takes the lead. 1-0 Japan.
8:03 a.m. JAPAN SCORING PLAY: Fujita scores from third on a Mana Atsumi ground ball single. 1-0 Japan.
8:00 a.m.: Carda surrenders a two-out walk. Runners on first and third, two outs.
7:58 a.m.: Fujita heads to third after another dribbler. Two outs in the fourth.
7:55 a.m.: Lead-off single for Yamato Fujita and she heads to second on a sacrifice bunt.
7:52 a.m. END OF THIRD: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Japan and we head to the fourth inning locked in a 0-0 matchup. USA 0, Japan 0.
7:47 a.m. END TOP THIRD: Carda escapes a two-on, two-out jam to keep Japan from scoring in the third. Another great defensive play to end the inning. U.S. coming to bat. USA 0, Japan 0.
7:41 a.m.: Kelsey Stewart with a tremendous play to get the lead runner at second on a nubbed ground ball. Great defensive plays for Team USA early on.
7:39 a.m.: That’ll do it for Cat Osterman: She pitches two innings of scoreless ball, allowing a lead-off walk in the third. Ally Carda coming on in relief. Likely the end of Osterman’s Olympic career.
7:34 a.m. END OF SECOND: Kelsey Stewart grounds into a double play to end the inning. Still scoreless heading into the third. USA 0, Japan 0.
7:32 a.m.: Delanie Spaulding gets on with a one-out walk. Kelsey Stewart, Sunday night hero, up now.
7:26 a.m. END TOP SECOND: Michelle Moultrie with a great catch at the wall to keep the game at 0-0.
7:22 a.m.: Saki Yamazi with a lead-off double on a ball to left field. Osterman still searching for her first strikeout.
7:20 a.m. END OF FIRST: Valeire Arioto waves at a Strike 3 way outside, stranding Chidester at third. Still no score heading to the second. USA 0, Japan 0
7:17 a.m.: Amanda Chidester is safe at first on a dropped third strike. Reed is out at home trying to score. Two outs in the inning.
7:13 a.m.: Janie Reed with a deep drive to center field, and comes up just short of a home run. She gets all the way to third with a triple.
7:09 a.m.: Haylie McCleney leading off, grounds out to first to start Team USA’s day off.
7:07 a.m. END TOP FIRST: Osterman gets three straight ground-ball outs after the lead-off hitter gets on, avoiding trouble in the first. Team USA coming to bat.
7:00 a.m.: Cat Osterman gets the start, and mishandles a liner off the bat of Eri Yamada, and we’re underway.
USA vs. Japan start time
USA and Japan rematch from their group play round in the gold-medal game on Tuesday, July 27 at 7 a.m.
The United States is vying for the fourth gold medal in Olympics history, and their first since 2004. Japan knocked off the United States in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, handing the U.S. their first non-gold finish in Olympic history.
How to watch USA vs. Japan softball gold-medal game
As currently scheduled, NBC Sports Network will be carrying the gold medal game between the U.S. and Japan on Tuesday morning.
Regardless of TV channel, you’ll also be able to live stream the game on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App.
FuboTV, which carries NBC and its sister networks, will also be a viable option. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial.
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