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Golden Nuggets: Cal Softball leads Team USA to bronze in Canadian Open

Team USA--featuring Cal Softball's Valerie Arioto and Lindsey Ziegenhirt--won bronze at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship!

After starting the event with an undefeated streak, softball's Team USA finished in third place at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, featuring Cal's Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Valerie Arioto.

Arioto had a productive day at the plate, but in the end Australia's steady defense stopped the Eagles. Arioto went 1-for-1 with a single at the bottom of the third and walked three times, including a one-out walk at the bottom of the fifth to load the bases, but the Americans came up short in following at-bats.

With the international tiebreaker rule in effect and Australia leading 2-1 at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, Ziegenhirt entered the game as a pinch runner for Arizona State's Amber Freeman at second base. A single by Oklahoma's Destinee Martinez moved Ziegenhirt to third with one out, but a groundout and a fly ball ended the game and the Eagles' hopes at a championship game rematch with Japan.

Team USA finishes at 6-2 in the Canadian Open. The Red, White and Blue will take a brief break from action before suiting up again in August for the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship/Pan American Games qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico.

But that's not all! Cal was also represented within the California A's by the Henderson sisters--Jolene and Danielle. The California A's did not fare as well, but did defeat the eventual champions, Japan.

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