USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM BLANKS COLUMBIA 9-0

J.P. Arencibia and Pedro Alvarez knock in eight runs to lead the attack.

August 1, 2006

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  • COLUMBIA, S.C. ญญ--- J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee) and Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) knocked in eight runs to lead the USA Baseball National Team to a 9-0 win over the Columbia Blowfish Tuesday night at Capital City Stadium.

    The US team improved to 19-2-1 on the year with the win.

    Alvarez (Vanderbilt) continued his torrid streak at the plate with a two-run homer to right in the first inning to give the US a 2-0 lead. It was his fourth round-tripper of the summer and second in the last three games.

    Arencibia (Tennessee) joined the homer parade with a three-run shot to left-center in the third to extend the lead to 5-0.

    Arencibia added a sacrifice fly RBI in the fifth to push the advantage to 6-0. Jemile Weeks (Miami) led off the frame with a double, advanced to third on a deep fly to right by Alvarez and scored on the sac fly.

    The USA added three more runs in the sixth, two coming via a two-run triple by Alvarez, to make it 9-0.

    Alvarez extended his team best hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Arencibia had a hit and four RBI, while Weeks added two hits as the 2-3-4 hitters combined for all five USA hits in the game.

    Five US pitchers combined on the shutout, led by David Price (Vanderbilt) who was on a pitch count in the starting effort. Price (3-1) gave up two hits in 3.1 innings with six strikeouts to pick up the win. Casey Weathers (Vanderbilt) came on in relief and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Nick Hill (Army) gave up a hit and two walks in two innings of shutout baseball, while Tim Federowicz (North Carolina) and Daniel Moskos (Clemson) pitched a scoreless inning each to close out the game.

    The National Team will face the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the final game in the USA. They will then head to Havana, Cuba to compete in the FISU World Collegiate Championships that starts on Aug. 6 with a 10 a.m. tilt with Chinese Taipei.

    USA   |   203 013 000 -9 5 3 COLUMBIA   |  000 000 000 -0 4 3

    Price, Weathers (4), Hill (6), Federowicz (8), Moskos (9) and Arencibia. Martin, Fideburg (2), Feather (3), Magni (3), Hart (4), Dowling (5), Williams (6), Strickland (7), Anderson (8) and Fallaw, Eachues. W- Price 3-1, L- Martin 0-1. SV- None. HR- USA: Alvarez (4), Arencibia (5).