USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM TAKES SERIES OVER KOREA WITH 9-2 WIN
Roger Kieschnick goes 4-for-4 to lead the way
July 23, 2006
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DURHAM, N.C. ¬¬--- Roger Kieschnick’s (Texas Tech) RBI triple sparked a three-run fourth inning and broke a 2-2 tie to propel the USA Baseball National Team to a 9-2 win over Korea in the deciding game of a three-game series Sunday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The US improved to 15-1 on the season, while Korea dropped to 1-2.
Sean Doolittle (Virginia) started things off in the fourth with a walk and then scored on Kieschnick’s triple that was roped into the right field corner. Brandon Crawford (UCLA) brought Kieschnick home on a double to right-center and Julio Borbon (Tennessee) closed out the scoring with a RBI single up the middle.
The US then put the game away with a three-run fifth to make it 8-2. Kieschnick had a two-run single and Preston Clark added a sacrifice squeeze bunt RBI to account for the runs.
Jemile Weeks’ (Miami) solo homer in the sixth extended the lead to 9-2.
Jake Arrieta moved to 3-0 on the summer after allowing two unearned run on three hits in six innings of work with six strikeouts and four walks.
Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) staked the National Team to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a mammoth home run to right field, his second of the summer.
Korea came right back with two runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead. They loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, when Chang Min Mo came through with a base hit that skimmed the face of Alvarez at third allowing two runs to score.
Alvarez came through again for Team USA with a RBI single to right that tied the game at 2-2. Jemile Weeks (Miami) had a base hit and stole second before the game-tying hit.
Kieschnick finished the night 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the 13 hit US attack. Alvarez had three hits and Weeks and Borbon had two hits each to help lead the way.
The National Team will be back in action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Japan comes to town to open a five game series. It will be the team’s last game of the summer in Durham as the rest of the USA slate will be played in various parks throughout North and South Carolina.
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Oh, Lee (3), Kim(4), Jung (5), Jung (6) and Hur. Arrieta, Federowicz (7), Moskos (8) and Clark. W- Arrieta 3-0, L- Lee 0-1. SV- None. HR- USA: Weeks (4).