Team USA, Netherlands split doubleheader
July 29, 2007
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CARY, NC/DURHAM, NC— Team USA (20-8) rallied to win game one 2-1, before three errors led to a 9-3 victory for the Netherlands (1-3) in the nightcap, as the duo finished off a three-game, two-day series.
USA win leader, Mike Minor (5-1, Vanderbilt), could not get out of the fifth inning in game two, giving up five runs (one earned) over four-plus innings, paced by two errors and three runs in the fifth and three runs and one error in the third as the Netherlands built a 6-0 lead. Three runs in the ninth off of Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) blew open the game.
David Bergman went the first six shutout innings for the win, scattering three hits.
The Dutch took advantage of a shortstop Danny Espinosa’s (Long Beach State) error in the third to score two unearned runs and lead 3-0. Sidney de Jong’s two-out single gave the Dutch a 3-0 lead, after a fielder’s choice scored the first one. A two-run single by Peroy Isenia made it 6-0 in the fifth.
Down to their final out, Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) doubled and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) singled to plate two runs in the ninth and give Team USA (20-7) a 2-1 win over the Netherlands (0-2) in the earlier game.
Brett Hunter (2-0, Pepperdine) retired the final 10 batters of the game for the win in relief.
Josh Romanski (San Diego) started the rally with a one-out double and error to center off of closer Dave Drayer. Dayer then struck out Brett Wallace (Arizona State), before giving up an 0-1 base hit to Alvarez, his third hit of the day. Team USA managed just four hits over the first eight innings of game one.
Eric Surkamp, in his first start with the team since returning from the Cape, pitched into the seventh and received a no-decision, despite a combined one-hitter by him and Hunter in game one... Dutch starters David Bergman and Leon Boyd combined to throw 12 shutout innings, allowing five hits against the U.S. on Sunday... Dutch outfielder Dirk van’t Klooster tied the Netherland-record for caps with 163 today.... the Netherlands fly back home Monday so they can host next week’s World Port Tournament... Team USA is now 5-2 during this current American road trip... The all-time series has Team USA leading 21-4.
The eight-game American trip will finish with Russia on Monday in Cary, NC at 7 p.m... the team closes out their schedule at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands starting on August 2.