August 13, 2006

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  • SAN JOSE, Cuba ¨¨--- Vanderbiltís David Price threw a complete game five-hit shutout paving the way for the USA Baseball National Teamís 7-0 win over Nicaragua in the quarterfinals of the FISU World University Championships Sunday afternoon at Fernandez Stadium.

    The National Team (26-2-1) advances to the semifinals to face Japan tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. ET at Fernandez Stadium. The Japanese defeated Puerto Rico by a 12-4 score earlier in the day at Mederos Stadium. Japan finished second to Cuba in Pool A and will enter with a 5-1 tournament ledger. The US claimed a 3-1-1 series victory over Japan at the end of July in the United States.

    Price recorded the teamís first complete game of the summer to improve to a team best 5-1. He struck out nine and walked two and finished his season with 61 strikeouts and seven walks in 44.0 innings with a 0.20 ERA.

    The US took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jemile Weeks (Miami) scored on a wild pitch. Weeks singled up the middle and advanced to second on a groundout. He then stole third, his 14th of the summer.

    They added another run in the second when Julio Borbon (Tennessee) laid down a squeeze bunt that went for a base hit and allowed Preston Clark (Texas) to score from third. Clark led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third when the catcherís throw to second went into the outfield.

    Tennesseeís J.P. Arencibia hit his team leading seventh homer of the summer, a solo shot, in the fifth to make it 3-0.

    The USA put a four spot on the board in the eighth to put the game out of reach at 7-0. Clark, Zack Cozart (Ole Miss) and Borbon had consecutive singles with one out in the inning and Weeks walked to bring Clark in. Arencibia then capped the inning with a bases clearing double to left. He finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI. The Miami native of Cuban descent has 18 RBI in six games in the tournament.

    Sean Doolittle (Virginia), Borbon and Cozart had two hits each to help lead the US attack.

    NICARAGUA 000 000 000 -0 5 1
    UNITED STATES 110 010 000 -7 11 2

    Taylor, Hernandez (7) and Espinal. Price and Arencibia. W- Price 5-1, L- Taylor 0-1. SV-None. HR- USA: Arencibia (7)

    Quarterfinal Results:

    Japan 12, Puerto Rico 4
    Cuba 3, Mexico 0
    Chinese Taipei 2, Italy 0
    USA 7, Nicaragua 0