USA softball takes World Cup behind Iowa assistant

BY DI STAFF | JULY 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa softball assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson batted .353 and belted a pair of home runs as she helped lead Team USA to the World Cup of Softball title this past weekend.

The U.S. beat Japan, 6-4, on Monday to claim the championship in Oklahoma City. May-Johnson was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as Team USA won its record fifth World Cup.

"Great win for USA tonight," she tweeted after the United States defeated Japan. "It feels good to be World Cup champs."

Iowa's second-year offensive assistant coach, May-Johnson posted the fourth-best batting average on the team over the course of the six-game tournament, and her 7 RBIs were the second-most of any player on the squad. She was also second in runs scored, with 5.

May-Johnson's best offensive showing came against Great Britain on Sunday, when she was 2-for-3 with a run scored and 4 RBIs in a 10-0 rout. She plated all four runs with a grand slam in the fourth inning, when she took a 1-0 pitch over left field for the first of four American homers in the frame.

The 27-year-old was also stellar on defense despite playing shortstop for the first time since she graduated from Iowa in 2006. She played third base throughout her five-year professional career.

— by Seth Roberts

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