The tireless ace Yukiko Ueno pitched 21 innings in two games the day before, then beat the Americans with a complete-game five-hitter.
SI.com: Most people will be stunned at the result. What happened?
Roberts: Well, I think what you saw was one of the most remarkable pitching performances you will ever see. Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitched 21 innings the day before and still had enough left her in arm to keep the U.S. team silent.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the Beijing Olympics by upsetting unbeaten United States 3-1 to claim the softball gold medal on Thursday while sending the sport to a dramatic exit from the Summer Games.