Finch closes Team USA ca­reer with Cup ti­tle

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTSBRIEFING -

Jen­nie Finch is clos­ing out her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as a cham­pion. Caitlin Lowe had a two-run triple, and the United States beat Ja­pan 5-1 Mon­day night in Ok­la­homa City to win its fourth straight World Cup ti­tle in Finch’s fi­nal game in red, white and blue.

Finch, a for­mer Austinarea res­i­dent, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd. The two-time Olympian and 2004 gold medal­ist played first base in her fi­nale af­ter toss­ing a three-hit shutout with 12 strike­outs ear­lier in the day.

At 29, Finch de­cided to give up softball to spend more time with her fam­ily (hus­band Casey Daigle has pitched this sea­son for the Round Rock Ex­press and Hous­ton Astros). She didn’t al­low a run in 182⁄3 in­nings at the World Cup.

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