Mike Larabee serves as an assistant coach to the USA Futures Team at the 2010 KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags. There will be three updates over the course of the event: Friday, July 23, Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27.FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas head softball coach Mike Larabee continues as an assistant coach for the USA Futures National Team, as it wrapped up day one of competition at the 2010 KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags, Thursday, July 22.The Futures team had a tough loss to 2008 Olympic champion Japan. Despite a two-run bottom of the seventh rally, the Futures fell 3-2. Japan got on the board early against the Futures, scoring two runs in the second inning. Japan scored its third run in the sixth inning before the Futures rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring two runs on two hits, but couldn’t come up with the win.Larabee and the Futures team practiced three times throughout the past week in preparation for the World Cup. Thursday was just the second time Larabee and the rest of the team have competed together as a whole. The Futures practiced and played a pair of exhibition games with the USA National Team in June while Team USA was preparing for International Softball Federation XII Women’s World Championship. “They really gel well together as a team and practices have gone very well despite the heat and humidity,” Larabee said. Larabee said he felt the cohesiveness of players, coaches, and staff has been great and his expectations are high for the weekend as the team seeks the gold medal. Larabee and the Futures play Canada on Friday and meet Team USA on Saturday, July 24, on ESPN. Update Monday, July 26
FAYETTEVILLE– Head coach Mike Larabee continued his assistant coaching stint with the USA Futures Team over the weekend at the 2010 World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla. After gathering a 2-4 record over the course of the event, the Futures team is set to face Canada on Monday, July 26, for third and fourth place at 4 p.m. The team went 2-3 after winning its first outing on Thursday. The Futures trailed Team Canada early on Friday evening, and fell behind big in the top of the sixth inning, but rallied to win 5-4. The team fell to Team USA 1-0 on Saturday and dropped its second game against Canada with a score of 5-4. The Futures team came back against 2008 Olympic champion Japan for a second time with a 2-1 win.Facing the USA Nationals Team for the second time at the World Cup, the Futures lost in a final score of 3-0 on Monday afternoon. Team USA heads to the championships to play Japan for the World Cup title on Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.The Futures versus Canada game is webcast on www.usasoftball.com beginning Monday at 4 p.m. and the championship game between Team USA and Japan is broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m.Update Tuesday, July 27FAYETTEVILLE– In the final game as assistant coach for the USA Futures Team at the 2010 KFC World Cup of Softball, Arkansas head coach Mike Larabee helped guide the Futures team to a 9-3 victory over Team Canada for the bronze medal. Larabee and the Futures compiled an impressive 3-3 record against the world’s top competition, including a win over 2008 Olympic champion Japan. The Futures’ 5-4 victory over Canada of Friday afternoon, marked the first-ever victory for the Futures squad.The Futures were first on the board with one crossing the plate in the second. The Canadians pulled its first run in the third to tie, before the Futures broke open the tie with six runs in the seventh inning after picking up two in the sixth.Larabee now heads back to Fayetteville en route to the 2011 season of Razorback softball.