Aug. 5, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge softball Head Coach Barbara Jordan wrapped up her summer duties as an assistant coach with Team USA by winning the Japan Cup in Sendai, City on Aug. 2 with a 2-0 victory over Australia. For the summer, Jordan helped the Americans finish with a perfect 21-0 record in three prestigious tournaments.
"It was a whirlwind trip, but also very rewarding," Jordan said. "We brought a very young team to Japan. Our veterans on the squad, including Jennie Finch, Natasha Watley and Lauren Lappin, displayed some great leadership."
Finch drove in the game's only two runs in the victory over Australia, smashing a two-run double to centerfield to bring home Watley and Amber Patton. Finch also pitched seven shutout innings in the contest, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out eight.
In other action in the event, Team USA defeated the host Japanese, 6-1, in the two countries' second meeting of the summer and since Japan upset the Americans to win Olympic Gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
"We played a lot of our younger kids in the victory over Japan and they did an outstanding job of excelling when given the opportunities," Jordan added. "I also can't say enough about the leadership our veterans provided, showing these younger players what representing Team USA means and helping the team achieve its goals."
In all, Jordan helped Team USA capture tournament titles at the Canada Cup, the KFC World Cup of Softball and the Japan Cup. In the 21 games in which she served as an assistant coach, Team USA outscored its opponents, 157-15. At the event in Sendai City, Jordan worked with Head Coach Jay Miller (Head Coach at Mississippi State) and assistants Suzy Brazney and Chuck D'Arcy.
"I don't know if having finished with a perfect record this summer has really set in," Jordan conceded. "We started off the summer with a new coaching staff and having had to replace a lot of former Olympians. But, we got great leadership from Coach Miller, our veteran players and it is rewarding to reminisce about how Team USA did this summer."
Now, with the start of the school year right around the corner, Jordan must shift her attention back to Cal State Northridge and the upcoming 2010 season. In 2009, Jordan picked up her 200th career victory and the Matadors finished with a record of 29-21. With six seniors and a host of starters around the diamond returning to campus, Jordan is excited about what 2010 might offer.
"With the nucleus of the team returning, I am anticipating the possibilities for a successful 2010 season," Jordan said.