Despite being outhit 6-4 in the second game, the JNT capitalized on fielding miscues and wildness by Team Georgia's pitching staff to secure the win. Team USA moved to a 4-1 advantage after three innings getting just two hits but cashing in on a pair of Team Georgia errors along with four walks and a hit batsman. Moustakas, Christian Colon (INF; Corona, CA), Rafael Thomas (OF; Lufkin, TX) and Tommy Medica (C; San Jose, CA) knocked in a run apiece in the first three innings.
After Team Georgia closed to within 4-3, the JNT put the game away with two runs in the fifth and a single tally in the seventh. Moustakas notched his second RBI with a run-scoring single in the final frame.
Four hurlers -- Matt Harvey (RHP; Mystic, CT), John Gast (LHP; Longwood, FL), Tim Alderson (RHP; Phoenix, AZ) and Kevin Rhoderick (RHP; Scottsdale, AZ) -- combined to strike out 17 for Team USA. Harvey started and fanned eight in three innings while Alderson whiffed six in two innings of relief.
The sweep gave the JNT Trials squad a 4-0 final exhibition record and ended a week-long evaluation period of 32 players for consideration for the final 18-player JNT roster. Following Thursday's doubleheader, the team's final roster was announced.
After a practice on Friday morning, the squad will depart Saturday for Sanctus Spiritus, Cuba, where the team will compete in the International BAseball Federation's "AAA" World Championships, which begins Sunday and continues through Sept. 27. The JNT competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE Pan American Championships and the IBAF World Championships.
The USA Baseball Junior National Team is a perennial power on the international baseball scene. Only once in the 21-year history of the IBAF World Junior Championships, has the United States failed to capture a medal. During this time, the JNT has earned five gold medals, nine silver medals and six bronze medals.