...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Makes it 9-0 in the 4th.
Jordan brought in at bottom of the 6th as third US pitcher in game over Japan, a must-win game for the US after losing to Canada earlier in the day. US up 8-4, but first reliever in trouble. Jordan strikes out batter to end the inning, then strikes out all three batters she faces in the 7th, the first being a 10-pitch outing. Commentator: "Great battle won by Jordan Taylor."
Couldn't find any stats, and bizarrely difficult even to find the final score. Went to ESPN3.com to replay, expecting just to skim through to the highlights. Pleased to see all the camera time Jordan got behind the fence cheering all the other girls on. Then fast-forwarded to the final inning to watch the glee of victory and surprised to see her out there. Worth replaying from her entrance. Four batters, four Ks.
Next game against Great Britain this afternoon, 5:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, streaming on ESPN3.com. Have no idea who's pitching, but Taylor's making her mark.