OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Missouri softball players Nicole Hudson and Rhea Taylor, along with the rest of the USA Softball Women’s National Team, will compete at the General Tire World Cup of Softball from Thursday to Sunday in Oklahoma City. Several of the games will be televised on ESPN.
ESPN will feature more than 14 hours of live coverage including the championship game at 8 p.m. Sunday. All telecasts will be aired in HD and also available for live streaming via WatchESPN.
7 p.m. Thursday — USA vs. Canada, ESPN
7 p.m. Friday — USA vs. Australia, ESPN
8 p.m. Saturday — USA vs. Japan, ESPN
Noon Sunday — USA vs. Puerto Rico, ESPN
8 p.m. Sunday — Championship Game, ESPN2.
Hudson finished her Missouri career ranking in the school's all-time Top 10 in hits, doubles, home runs, at-bats, runs scored, RBI and walks. Hudson sits No. 1 atop the Tigers' all-time walks chart with 143. She finished just one home run shy of matching the school's career home-run record of 47. She earned Second Team All-Southeast Region recognition after batting .308 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI and a .692 slugging percentage.
A three-time member of Team USA (2011, '12 and '13), Taylor was a three-time All-American for Mizzou in 2008, 2010 and 2011. She was a part of two World Cup Championship performances (2011 and '12) for Team USA, also helping the team to a silver medal at the International Softball Federation Women's World Championships last year. Taylor helped the squad to a first-place performance at the Pan American Games in 2011.
Schedule: Thursday, July 11, USA vs. Canada, 7 p.m. - ESPN; Friday, July 12, USA vs. Australia, 7 p.m. - ESPN; Saturday, July 13, USA vs. Japan, 8 p.m - ESPN; Sunday, July 14, USA vs. Puerto Rico, Noon - ESPN; Championship Game, 8 p.m. ESPN2.