In the Olympics, host country Japan beat the United States 2-0 to take the gold medal on July 27.
Softball was added to the games at host country Japan's request, and from the moment it became official, this matchup seemed inevitable, according to ESPN.com .
Japan upset Team USA in Beijing to take the gold in 2008, the last time softball was contested and the only time the U.S. didn't win in the four Olympics in which the sport was a part.
The starting pitching matchup39-year-old Japanese softball legend Yukiko Ueno against 38-year-old Texan Cat Ostermanwas a rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game.
Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 for the bronze medal.