USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM BLANKS VIRGIN ISLANDS 4-0
August 8, 2006
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HAVANA, Cuba --- Four pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout of the Virgin Islands as the USA Baseball National Team won 4-0 in the opening game of the FISU World University Championships Tuesday morning at Mederos Stadium.
The US team improved to 21-2-1 on the year with the win. They will play Puerto Rico tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET at Mederos Stadium. The game time was moved up from 2 p.m. so the US can make up its previously rained out contest against the Czech Republic. They will now play a doubleheader with a 4 p.m. tilt against the Czechs at Latino Stadium in the nightcap.
Vanderbiltís David Price (4-1) threw four shutout innings in a controlled start, giving up two hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Cole St. Clair (Rice) followed Price and threw two innings of one hit relief with four strikeouts. Casey Weathers (Vanderbilt) also pitched two innings, giving up three hits while striking out five. Clemsonís Daniel Moskos closed out the game in the ninth to preserve the shutout.
The National Team struggled to get on track offensively after nearly a week off, as they generated just two hits while leaving nine men on base.
The US took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring an unearned run on a RBI groundout by J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee). They added two more runs in the third via a sacrifice fly by Jemile Weeks (Miami) and a passed ball that allowed Julio Borbon (Tennessee) to score from third.
Zack Cozartís (Ole Miss) RBI double in the fourth scored Preston Clark (Texas), who walked and stole second, to make it 4-0.
Deshaun Brooks took the loss for the Virgin Islands as he gave up all four runs on two hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
VIRGIN ISLANDS 000 000 000 -0 7 1
UNITED STATES 102 100 00x -4 2 1
Price, St. Clair (5), Weathers (7), Moskos (9) and Clark, Federowicz. Brooks, Williams (5), Rosado (5) and Lamotta, Newton .
W- Price 4-1, L- Brooks 0-1. SV- None. HR- None.
Chinese Taipei 2, Puerto Rico 0
Japan 10, Nicaragua 0 (7 inn.)
Cuba 12, Italy 2 (7 inn.)
Mexico 9, Virgin Islands 6 (susp. Bot. 9)
USA, Czech Republic (Ppd.)