July 15, 2006

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  • JOPLIN, Mo. --- The USA Baseball National Team upped its summer tour record to a perfect 10-0 with two victories on Saturday at historic Joe Becker Stadium in the final contests of a three-game visit to the nation's heartland.

    In the opener, Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech; Rockwall, TX) lined a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning to lead Team USA to a come-from-behind 7-6 triumph against the Southwest (Mo.) Slashers.

    It was a different story, though, in the squad's second game of the day against the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons. Jake Arrieta (Texas Christian; Plano, TX) permitted just three hits in seven shutout innings and a three-run second inning proved to be the difference in the National Team's 3-0 victory.

    "We pitched much better in the second game," Team USA Head Coach Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt) said. "Jake did a nice job. He got us through the seventh inning (before going to the bullpen) and that was really clutch. I thought it was important for him to extend the game. In the opener, our character came from the offensive side. We had our backs against the wall but responded. As we leave here, we just need to keep improving."

    Kieschnick's clutch hit in the opening game drove in Sean Doolittle (Virginia; Tabernacle, NJ) and J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee; Miami, FL) who had opened he seventh inning with a walk and single, respectively. Each moved up a base on a wild pitch by Slashers pitcher Trevor Harden (0-1). Then, with two out, Kieschnick pulled Harden's first offering to right field for the game-winning hit. The outfielder also added an RBI single in the sixth inning when Team USA snapped a 3-3 tie to take a 5-3 lead.

    But the Slashers rallied to take the lead for the only time in the game in the top of the sixth, 6-5, on Tyler Doke's bases-loaded, three-run double. The USA led 3-0 after three innings but the Slashers knotted the contest at 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth.

    Arencibia finished with three hits while Doolittle and Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt; New York, NY) notched two apiece in Team USA's 13-hit attack.

    Nick Schmidt (Arkansas; St. Louis, MO) worked the first 5.2 innings on the mound for the National Team. The lefthander allowed four hits and two earned runs. Nick Hill (Army; Bluff City, TN) earned his first victory on the tour despite being touched for three earned runs in 1.1 innings of relief. Cole St. Clair (Rice; Santa Ana, CA) notched his second save of the summer with two innings of scoreless relief.

    In the nightcap, Arietta (2-0) handcuffed Nevada on just three singles while striking out five. He retired the first nine Griffons he faced. Tommy Hunter (Alabama; Indianapolis, IN) and Daniel Moskos (Clemson; Alta Loma, CA) each hurled an inning to help combine on the staff's fourth tour shutout. Moskos registered his third save.

    Team USA was limited to just seven hits-none for extra bases-and scored its only runs in the second inning. Designated hitter Tim Federowicz (North Carolina; Apex, NC) stroked a two-run single with one out to give the squad a 2-0 lead. Federowicz later came around to score on a two-out Griffon throwing error.

    After a travel day on Sunday, the USA Baseball National Team will continue its summer tour with a three-game series in Georgia. The squad will open against the Georgia Collegiate All-Stars at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday at Lassiter High School in Marietta. Team USA will then meet the Germany National Team at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rome. The two squads will tangle again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Georgia in Athens.

    Game One
    SOUTHWEST SLASHERS     0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 - 6 7 2
    USA                                           1 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 x - 7 13 2

    Tiegs, Harden (6), Hardin (7), and Rubin. Schmidt, Hill (6), St. Clair (8) and Clark. W- Hill 1-0. L- Harden 0-1. SV- St. Clair (2).

    Game Two
    NEVADA GRIFFONS     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 2
    USA                                 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 x - 3 7 0

    Renfrow, Christian (8), and Dunwoody. Arrieta, Hunter (8), Moskos (9) and Arencibia. W- Arrieta 2-0. L- Renfrow 0-1. SV- Moskos (3).