Tuesday July 3, 2012Michelle Moultrie Makes Impact as Team USA Captures Gold at World Cup of Softball VII
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
2011 & 2012 Gator senior All-American and Academic All-American Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), who is representing the Red, White & Blue on the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team, has continued to make a speedy impact at the national level.
Just Monday, Moultrie used her talents to help Team USA down the Australians, 3-0, to earn Gold in the 2012 World Cup of Softball tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, marking Team USA’s sixth World Cup of Softball title. For Moultrie, the medal marked her second-consecutive WCoS medal after the Women’s National Team also won the event in 2011.
With a 2-0 lead in the fifth for the Eagles, Moultrie dropped a bunt towards the third-base side and used her speed to scamper to first for the base hit, then proceeded to take a round-trip all the way across home to take the Stars and Stripes up, 3-0, after a throwing error on the Aussie third baseman took the ball on a trip to deep right field. Moultrie’s gallop was clocked to be a swift 12 seconds.
Team USA went 6-0 at the World Cup of Softball VII, downing Puerto Rico 8-0 (5), Australia 3-1, the Netherlands 2-1, Canada 9-0, Brazil 9-0 and finally Australia once more in the Gold-Medal Game July 2, 3-0.
Bunt singles were Moultrie’s forte as a Gator, as the 2012 SEC Player of the Year dropped a staggering 73 bunt singles in her four-year career as a Gator, highlighted by 27 her senior season in 2012. Moultrie concluded her tenure donning the Orange and Blue as Florida’s career leader in batting average (.385) and stolen bases/attempts (83-99). She was a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and a top-11 finalist USA Softball’s Player of the Year award her senior season. Drafted by the USSSA Pride (Orlando) in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft, Moultrie will likely have the option to play professionally when competition with the USA Women’s National Team concludes.
Moultrie compiled the second-best senior class win percentage in the country, finishing her four-year career donning the Orange and Blue 216-41 (.840), including winning two SEC Championships, taking three trips to the Women’s College World Series, while vying for a national championship two out of her four years at Florida.
Moultrie and the USA Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada. After that, the women head to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 13-22 for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship. Looking to capture an eighth-consecutive Gold Medal, Team USA comes in as the defending World Champions, having defeated Japan in the Gold Medal game of the last edition of the event, which took place two years ago in Caracas, Venezuela.