OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The 2012 World Cup of Softball concluded Monday with Lady Mocs Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) of the Brazil national team facing off against Nicole Osterman and Puerto Rico in a battle for fifth place.
The winless Puerto Rican team was able to best Brazil for a 4-1 victory on the final day of the international tournament, allowing both Chattanooga-represented teams to walk away with a win on the national stage.
Despite the loss, teammates Morimoto and Suetsugu shined at the plate for Brazil in its final competition at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Morimoto was 1-for-3 on the day, keeping her batting average in the six-game tourney at a respectable .333, and Suetsugu recorded her second multi-hit game of the tournament with a 2-for-3 performance.
Morimoto finished the tournament with five hits, including a homerun and a double. The former Lady Mocs catcher managed to hit safely in five-of-six games for Brazil. Morimoto was held hitless only once by Canada during a 13-0 shutout Sunday. The 2012 Chattanooga backstop was instrumental in Brazil's 2-1 win over Puerto Rico Thursday, driving in the game-tying run to send the contest into extra innings.
Suetsugu may have given Chattanooga fans a glimpse into the 2013 season, posting a team-best .357 batting average to rank among the top 10 for the tournament. The Chattanooga infielder showed discipline at the plate by drawing two walks and found her way home safely four times to lead the team in runs scored. The Brazilian shortstop was the game-tying run driven in by Morimoto during Thursday's win over Puerto Rico.
Osterman collected hits against both Brazil and the Netherlands en route to a fifth place finish for the Puerto Rico national team. The rising sophomore singled against Brazil Thursday and smashed a two-run shot Friday, accounting for Puerto Rico's only two runs against the Netherlands. The round tripper was one of two homeruns hit by Puerto Rico over the five-day competition. The outfielder also finished the series with a run scored and a base on balls.
"I am very proud of these ladies," head coach Frank Reed said. "Getting to compete at that level and having the opportunity to play for your country is something very special those players will never forget. I am happy to see Chattanooga and the UTC softball program so well represented."
The United States placed first in the 2012 World Cup, going undefeated through seven games. Australia finished second with a 4-2 record, Canada in third place going 3-3 and the Netherlands fourth at 3-3, as well. Both Puerto Rico and Brazil walked away from Oklahoma City, Okla., with 1-5 records.