While Tennessee's Lauren Gibson temporarily saved Team USA with a clutch extra-inning single, she couldn't prevent Japan's 2-1 victory in 10 innings Sunday in the gold medal game of the ISF World Championships.
Japan, which beat Australia 2-0 earlier Sunday to reach the final game in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, broke a scoreless tie in the top the ninth. The U.S. answered in the bottom half of the inning when Gibson delivered her two-out, two-strike hit, which scored Christie Orgeron.
Gibson's hit was the third and final hit for the U.S.
Gibson finished with a .522 batting average. She hit four homers, scored 12 runs and had 12 RBIs. She reached base in 16 of 27 plate appearances.