SENDAI, Japan -- The U.S. softball team avenged its loss to Japan.
Stacey Nelson gave up one run and three hits over seven innings Saturday as the United States beat Japan 6-1 in the Japan Cup softball tournament.
The game was a rematch of the gold medal game at the Beijing Olympics, which Japan won 3-1.
Nelson struck out four in a 97-pitch effort as the Americans improved to 3-0 in the preliminary round of the four-nation tournament.
Molly Johnson hit a grand slam in the first inning when the U.S. team scored five runs off starter Tomo Yasufuku.
The U.S. and Japan will face off again in Sunday's final.