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Molly Johnson, Team USA prepare for Pam American Games

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Former star shortstop and current softball assistant coach is playing for Team USA in this month's Pan American Games. (Barry Westerman, UK Athletics) Former star shortstop and current softball assistant coach is playing for Team USA in this month's Pan American Games. (Barry Westerman, UK Athletics)
If you missed it a couple weeks ago, Kentucky softball head coach and former star shortstop Molly Johnson was named to USA Softball's roster for the XVI Pan American Games. Team USA has won six consecutive goal medals at the Pan Am Games and Johnson is looking to nab her first.

The United States begins play in the Pan Am Games, played this year in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Oct. 17, but had three exhibition games against Texas A&M and Houston in preparation for the tournament. The Americans swept a double header against A&M on Monday with 3-0 and 12-2 victories. Team USA followed that up with an 8-0 shutout victory over Houston.

Since finishing up her UK career in 2010, Johnson signed on to help coach the Wildcats. She helped lead the team to a Super Regional appearance in 2011, but has continued to pursue her national team career. A dynamic defensive shortstop, Johnson was UK softball's first ever All-America selection following a stellar junior season in 2009, setting records for runs, hits and on-base percentage in the process.

UK head coach Rachel Lawson is excited to see her former player on the field again and she tweeted the sentiment on Monday night. "Happy to see Molly Johnson back on the field w/ Team USA against A&M before Pan Am," Lawson tweeted. "Watching her play defense is a THRILL."

On Thursday, Johnson and Team USA will travel to Guadalajara and move in to the athletes' village. On Monday evening, the United States will open tournament play with a game against Venezuela, beginning a stretch of seven games in five days. The playoff round will be on Oct. 22 and the finals on Oct. 23. We will keep you updated on how Johnson and Team USA fare.

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