National Team falls to Torrington, 4-3

June 23, 2007

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  • TORRINGTON, CT Torrington righthander Steve Strasberg struck out seven of the 12 Americans he faced, to lead the Twisters to a 4-3 victory over Team USA (4-1) on a cool Saturday evening. It was the second time in two seasons Torrington has beaten the Americans.

    Garett Green's solo home run in the seventh proved to be the difference, as he also scored the second of three runs in the third.

    Justin Smoak (South Carolina) made it close in the eighth, hitting a two-run home run to cut the Torrington lead to one. It was Team USA's first loss in 18 games (17-0-1), dating back to a July 25, 2006 loss against Japan.

    Strasberg no-hit the Americans for the win, pitching three pre-determined innings, while Joe Serafin pitched the final three innings for the save, combining with Craig Chaput and Strasberg on a three hitter.

    Wildness allowed the Twisters to take a 3-0 lead in the third. Four walks and two wild pitches by the Americans gave Torrington a 3-0 advantage. Team USA fell behind 2-0 in the third off a wild pitch by Brett Hunter (Pepperdine) and an ensuing throwing error by catcher Trevor Coleman (Missouri) after starter and eventual loser, Shawn Sanford (1-1) (South Florida), put two runners on with two outs in the inning. An RBI single by Ryan Cisterna then made it 3-0.

    Hunter settled down after that inning, pitching three innings, giving up just that lone run in the third on two hits, while striking out five.

    Danny Espinosa (Long Beach State) cut the Twister lead to 3-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, his first RBI of the summer.

    TEAM NOTES
    Arizona State's Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore joined the team from the Hartford, CT airport tonight... Torrington entered the night atop the NECBL standings at 10-3, last year Torrington beat Team USA 7-2... ESPN Deportes and ESPN.com will have upcoming features on the team, taped today in Torrington, 30 minutes from ESPN Headquarters in Bristol... first baseman Justin Smoak (South Carolina) caught two line drives for double plays tonight.

    UPCOMING SCHEDULE
    The team finishes off its New England schedule on Sunday at Newport, RI. The team is slated to make cuts on Monday, June 25. The Americans return home to North Carolina on Tuesday, before taking on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Burlington, NC.