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U.S. tops Australia at World Cup

Updated: June 29, 2012, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- In just the third international game of the year for the U.S. national softball team, coach Ken Eriksen already had a reason to light a fire under his players.

Valerie Arioto homered, Lauren Gibson doubled in a run, and the United States beat Australia 3-1 on Friday night at the World Cup of Softball despite what Eriksen considered a lackluster effort.

The Americans (2-0) were limited to four hits, committed two errors and another defensive gaffe and still were able ...

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