USA BASEBALL NATIONAL EDGES PAST KOREA, 5-4

Roger Kieschnick delivers go-ahead double in the bottom of the eighth.

July 21, 2006

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  • DURHAM, N.C. --- T Texas Tech’s Roger Kieschnick delivered a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning that broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the USA Baseball National Team to a 5-4 win over Korea Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

    Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) singled with one out in the eighth and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Darwin Barney (Oregon State) then hit into a fielder’s choice as Alvarez was thrown out trying to move to third. Kieschnick then came up and hit an opposite field shot off of the Blue Monster in left field to give the US the lead.

    The US won the series opener to remain unbeaten at 14-0 on the summer, while Korea dropped to 0-1.

    The US jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of two errors by Korea to plate two unearned runs. Alvarez (Vanderbilt) walked with the bases loaded to collect a RBI and Barney had a RBI single to lead the way.

    The Koreans struck back to tie the game in the top of the third when Young Jin Kwon came through with a three-run double to right off of USA starter Wes Roemer (Cal State Fullerton). They then took the lead in the fifth on Do Hwan Hur’s solo homer over the left field wall.

    The National Team came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth when Julio Borbon (Tennessee) walked and stole second and scored on Sean Doolittle’s (Virginia) single to centerfield.

    Roemer gave up four runs, three earned in 4.1 innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks. He was relieved by Cole St. Clair (Rice) who was dominant in 3.2 innings of work. St. Clair (2-0) struck out nine of the 11 batters he faced to pick up his second win of the summer.

    Tommy Hunter (Alabama) got the first two outs in the ninth and Daniel Moskos (Clemson) came on to record the final out and pick up his team leading fourth save.

    Korean starter Min Hyuk Jung gave up four runs, two earned, in 5.2 innings of action with six strikeouts and two walks.

    Alvarez had two hits to lead the US, while Do Wan Hur led Korea with two hits on the night as well.

    The teams will play the second game of the three-game series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the DBAP.

    KOREA     0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 4 4 2
    USA                                           3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 x - 5 8 1

    Jung, Kim (6), Lee (8), Lee (9) and Hur, Lee. Roemer, St. Clair (5), Hunter (9), Moskos (9) and Clark. W- St. Clair 2-0. L- Kim 0-1. SV- Moskos (4). HR- KOR: Hur (1), USA: None.