USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS MEXICO 12-5
August 10, 2006
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HAVANA, Cuba --- The USA Baseball National Team used a five-run fifth inning to rally from a 5-4 deficit en route to a 12-5 win over Mexico Thursday night at the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World University Championships at Latino Stadium.
Julio Borbon (Tennessee) led off the fifth with a single to right and Jemile Weeks (Miami) walked before Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) came through with a RBI single to right-center to tie the game. J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee) then plated both Weeks and Alvarez with a triple into the rightfield corner to give the USA a 7-5 lead. Darwin Barney’s (Oregon State) sacrifice fly scored Arencibia and Sean Doolittle (Virginia) followed with a double into the gap in left-center. He capped off the five-run frame by scoring on Brandon Crawford’s (UCLA) single to left.
The US added two more runs on a RBI double by Alvarez and a RBI single by Arencibia in the sixth to extend the lead to 11-5.
Todd Frazier (Rutgers) singled to start the seventh and scored on Jemile Weeks’ double into the leftfield corner to make it 12-5.
Ross Detwiler pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts to pick up the win to move to 2-0 on the year. Casey Weathers (Vanderbilt) followed Detwiler with two innings of shutout ball and Daniel Moskos (Clemson) closed it out in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.
Mexico rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the fourth with a four run inning to take a 5-4 lead. Shortstop Roberto Bellazetin had a two-run double and designated hitter Jorge Luis Calderon had a RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. They took the lead on a passed ball that allowed third baseman Dolores Rabago to score from third.
Mexico scored an unearned run in the first on a fielding error by Zack Cozart (Ole Miss) to take a 1-0 lead. It was the first run the US had given up in the tournament, a span of 23 innings.
The US tied it in the bottom half when Jemile Weeks scored on a RBI groundout by J.P. Arencibia . Weeks walked with one out and stole second. Pedro Alvarez also walked and then both stole third and second respectively before Arencibia’s grounder to short.
The National Team scored three runs in the third to break the 1-1 tie. Borbon led off the inning with a triple and Weeks was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Alvarez brought both runners home with a single to left. He moved to second when the leftfielder misplayed his hit, then stole third and scored when the catcher threw the ball into left field on the steal.
North Carolina State’s Andrew Brackman gave up an unearned run in three innings in the starting effort. He struck out three and walked two in the no decision.
Arencibia and Alvarez continued their hot streak at the tournament, leading the team with three hits each. Arencibia had five RBI to give him 14 for the tournament, while Alvarez had three tonight and nine for the tourney. Borbon added two hits, while Weeks scored four runs to help lead the 12 hit attack.
The US will close out the Pool B portion of the schedule tomorrow night against Chinese Taipei at 8:45 p.m. at Latino Stadium. Taipei is also undefeated at 4-0 and the winner will be in first place heading into quarterfinals action. The National Team swept a seven game series early in the summer in the USA.
MEXICO 100 400 000 -5 5 3
UNITED STATES 103 052 10x -12 12 2
Perea, Calderon (6) and De Luna, Rubio. Brackman, Hunter (4), Detwiler (4), Weathers (7), Moskos (9) and Arencibia.
W- Detwiler 2-0, L- Perea 0-1. SV- None.
Italy 5, Nicaragua 1
Japan 15, Bahamas 0 (7 inn no hitter)
Virgin Islands 13, Puerto Rico 11
Chinese Taipei 5, Czech Republic 0
Wednesday’s Late Result:
Cuba 4, Japan 3