USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM ERUPTS FOR 18 HITS, POUNDS SOUTHWEST SLASHERS 13-3 TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
July 14, 2006
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JOPLIN, Mo. --- Todd Frazier (Rutgers; Toms River, NJ) and Preston Clark (Texas; Rockwall, TX) each slammed home runs and combined for seven runs batted in to highlight an 18-hit attack, propeling the USA Baseball National Team to an easy 13-3 victory against the Southwest Slashers on Friday night at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
The victory kept Team USA undefeated on its summer tour, improving to 8-0. The squad opened the summer with a seven-game series sweep of Chinese Taipei.
Clark got the offensive train rolling when lined a one-out solo homer to left field in the second inning. He later followed with a two-run single during a four-run USA fifth inning-one of the team's three, four-run frames on the night.
"I thought Preston's two-out, two-RBI hit was a key at that point in the game," Team USA Head Coach Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt) said of the hit that put his squad in front by a 7-1 margin.
"Zack Cozart (Ole Miss; Collierville, TN) then drove in another big run in the inning with a double," Corbin added.
Meanwhile, Frazier's home run was a grand slam in the third inning and gave Team USA a 5-0 lead. His blast followed singles by J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee; Miami, FL), Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt, New York, N.Y.) and Darwin Barney (Oregon State; Beaverton, Ore.).
Also joining the club's offensive fireworks were leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (Tennessee; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) who notched four hits and Jemile Weeks (Miami; Altamonte Springs, FL) who registered three hits while knocking in a pair of runs.
Arencibia scored three times while Clark, Alvarez and Barney each crossed the plate twice.
The hitting display was more than enough support for Team USA starting pitcher Wes Roemer (Cal State-Fullerton; Glendora, CA), who permitted just three hits and one earned run in six innings in earning his first win on the summer tour.
Tommy Hunter (Alabama; Indianapolis, IN) allowed two hits and a run in two innings of relief before Cole St. Clair (Rice; Santa Ana, CA) tossed a hitless final inning.
The same two teams will meet for a series-ending doubleheader on Saturday. First game is set for 4 p.m. (Central Time) with the nightcap to follow at 7 p.m.
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Kelsey, Brundridge (4), Ozbun (6), Speak (7) and Peterson. Roemer, Hunter (7), St. Clair (9) and Clark, Federowicz (7). W- Roemer 1-0. L- Kelsey 0-1. HR- US: Clark (1), Frazier (1).