TAMPA- University of South Florida head softball coach Ken Eriksen will kick off the World Cup VI tonight as he continues his duties as skipper of the USA National Team.
The World Cup takes place July 21-25 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, host of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series.
The USA National team will square off against the 2009 European Softball Federation (ESF) Women’s Championship Bronze Medalist Czech Republic tonight at 7 p.m.
Following the opening round game Thursday, the women will take on Australia at 7 p.m. on Friday before taking on the 2010 International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship Bronze Medalist Canada on Saturday at noon.
The USA National team will have a couple of shots at revenge over the weekend with the first coming against Canada who was the only team to beat the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup. The second will come Saturday at 8 p.m. against Japan who defeated the Americans 7-0 last week in the finale of the Canadian Open.
The USA will then face Great Britain on Sunday at 4 p.m. with the World Cup wrapping up with the Championship game on Monday at 8 p.m.
The World Cup of Softball is the only international softball event aired in the United States, with every televised game available in high definition on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. For the second straight year, all seven of the games, including the six women’s fast pitch will be covered on ESPN3.com.
All of the United States games will air live on ESPN.
Some games from ESPN's coverage will also be televised globally to more than 150 countries across ESPN's international networks including ESPN America, ESPN Pacific Rim, ESPN Australia HD, ESPN Brazil HD, ESPN Israel, ESPN Middle East, ESPN Africa, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN2 Caribbean.