National Trials Team falls to Pittsfield, 5-2
Two errors led to three unearned runs in the loss

June 17, 2008

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  • PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Two errors led to three unearned runs, and that made the difference as the USA Baseball National Trials Team dropped a 5-2 decision Tuesday to the Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League at Wahconah Park. The game was the first of two Tuesday for U.S. team traveled, which traveled to Torrington, Conn., immediately following the game for a nightcap against the Torrington Twisters.

    After taking 1-0 lead on a two-out, first-inning double from Blake Smith (California; Modesto, Calif.), the National Trials team allowed four runs on three hits, a hit batter and one costly error in the bottom of the second. Perry Silverman had the key hit in the inning, a two-run double off the wall in left-center. The Dukes added another run on a walk, a passed ball and an error in the fourth.

    The U.S. team scratched for a run in the sixth but could get no closer. Josh Fellhauer (Cal State Fullerton; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) singled and took second on a fielding error by the Pittsfield right fielder. Two batters later, Smith singled through the left side and scored Fellhauer.

    Starter Bryan Morgado (Tennessee; Miami, Fla.) was saddled with the loss; he allowed four runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Andrew Oliver (Oklahoma State; Vermillion, Ohio) allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Kendal Volz (Baylor; Bulverde, Texas) worked 2.0 scoreless innings; he allowed one hit and two walks, one of which was intentional, with one strikeout.

    Mike Woytek got the win for Pittsfield. The first of five relievers for the Dukes, Woytek allowed one hit with two strikeouts in 2.0 scoreless innings. Starter Louie Bernardini allowed one run on three hits over 2.0 innings.

    Smith had the only two-hit day for either team.