National team wins 2007 opener
June 19, 2007
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PITTSFIELD, MA — Team USA (1-0) used a balance attack to open up its 2007 Summer Tour, beating the 'Oil Can' Boyd All-Stars 9-1 on Tuesday evening. Nine Americans had hits, seven players drove in runs and another six scored runs.
Josh Romanski (San Diego) and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) had two hits. Tommy Medica (Santa Clara) threw out two base runners and drove in a run. Four pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout until the ninth, before the All-Stars scored a run and had three, two-out hits.
The Americans scored their first run of the summer in the first after Jordan Danks (Texas) led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) sacrifice fly to lead 1-0. The U.S. would not let up, scoring in the first five innings to lead 7-0. Danks scored three runs on the night, reaching base safely three times.
The U.S. went up 3-0 in the second inning thanks to a two-run single by Jordan Henry (Ole Miss). RBI singles by Medica and Josh Romanski (San Diego) made it 5-0 in the third, before centerfielder John Janco missed played a flyball to center to give Justin Smoak (South Carolina) a two-run double to make it 7-0.
Eric Surkamp (North Carolina State) went the first 2.0 no-hit innings, striking out three, before Brett Hunter (Pepperdine) pitched two scoreless innings, while Shawn Sanford (1-0) (South Florida) struck out three over the next two perfect innings.
Chris Moore (0-1) went the first three innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits for the loss. Sanford was credited with the win based on score keeper's discretion.
This was the team's first game after traveling from around the country on Monday and meeting for the first time on Tuesday morning... a light rain began midway through the game, as the game was delayed by 23 minutes because of lightening (but no rain)... three players continue to be playing for their respective teams in Omaha (Brett Wallace-ASU, Petey Paramore-ASU, Ryan Berry-Rice), while a few others are expected to join the team later this week... Team USA veteran Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) had the team's first hit, a single to lead off the second... former Red Sox pitcher Dennis 'Oil Can' Boyd's team was a group of former professional players, which included former Expo Delino Deshields... Boyd struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter against UC Riverside's Joe Kelly in the eighth as there were cheers and jeers as a part of the six-pitch at-bat.
The team continues its first week in New England, traveling to North Adams, MA (Wednesday), Keene, NH (Thursday), Montpelier, VT (Friday), Torrington, CT (Saturday) and Newport, RI (Sunday). The return home to North Carolina on Tuesday, before taking on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Burlington, NC.