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USA drops game to Chinese Taipei

USA Baseball Release

CARY, NC— Wei-Hua Lee (2-0) pitched a complete-game, seven hitter as Chinese Taipei (2-3) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Team USA (8-2) 3-2 on Monday morning. Lee struck out four and walked one. The five-game series continues in Kannapolis, NC on Tuesday at 7 p.m. after the U.S. won the first three games.

The American bullpen blew a one-run lead in the seventh when Josh Romanski (0-1, San Diego) put two runners on and Joe Kelly (UC Riverside) walked the bases full Kelly then gave up a two-run single to Ying-Chien Liao to give CTBA a 3-2 lead.

Reliever Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State) kept the game to within one, getting three consecutive outs after Kelly walked two straight to begin the inning.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Brett Wallace (Arizona State) and Petey Paramore (ASU) gave the Americans a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

The Taiwanese took a 1-0 lead in the first off of Ryan Berry (Rice) on an RBI double from Chien-Ming Su. Berry was making his first start for Team USA since pitching for Rice in the College World Series. Berry went the first six innings, giving up one run on four hits, using just 68 pitches.

TEAM NOTES
Taiwanese starter Wei-Hua Lee was making his second start on the American tour. He gave up one run on five hits in CTBA’s first game on Thursday… the team’s start time of 10 a.m. is the second earliest start of the season. They play host Brazil on the third day of the Pan American Games at 9 a.m.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Chinese Taipei series closes out in Kannapolis, NC (July 3) at 7 p.m. The 10-game North Carolina home stand continues with Japan on July 4, beginning a five-game series in Durham, NC (July 4, 6, 7, 8) and Kannapolis (July 5).

Soto and Rodriguez both sign new deals

Both Jedd Soto and Steve Rodriguez have signed new contracts at their respective schools. Soto has been with Saint Mary’s since the 2004 season where he has a 60-96 record. I know that record doesn’t sound great but the program was in shambles before he joined and has increased the win total in every year since joining the program. The press release for Soto is available here. They will open the season on January 26th when they host Nevada.

Steve Rodriguez of Pepperdine University signed his new deal through the 2012 season. He has been the head coach of the Waves since the 2004 season and has a 113-76 record. Rodriguez knows that the expectations are always high at Pepperdine because he was a member of the 1992 National Championship squad. His press release about his new contract is available here. The Waves will open in Vegas against the Rebels of UNLV on Groundhog Day. (Just found out Runnin’ Rebels is for the Basketball program only)

Soto sits down for an interview

Jedd Soto sat down with guest host Rich Davi to discuss his Saint Mary’s Baseball program. It is a very interesting interview in which he goes into details about his preparations and expectations for the season. He also talks about how the stability of his staff has helped create a good working relationship between the coaches and the players. The full interview is linked here.

Random Stuff

Louisville has released the 2007 schedule. They will be appearing in my neck of the woods April 13th-15th at Uconn. The full schedule is available in PDF format.

St. Mary’s and Head Coach Jedd Soto have released the 2007 schedule. They play a very challenging schedule including visiting my favorite coach in Paul Mainieri at LSU. The full schedule is available here.

LSU also have released new artist renderings of the New alex Box Stadium which is due to open in 2008. The drawings are available here.

St. Louis and Head Coach Bob Hughes have announced the signing of five student athletes for the 2008 season. They are continuing to build a good program in the A-10. Full release here.

Super Regionals Matchups Set!!


The Regionals are over and now we can focus on the 16 teams fighting for the 8 spots in Omaha.

Friday through Sunday Super-Regionals

Oral Roberts at Clemson

College of Charleston at Georgia Tech

Missouri at Cal St. Fullerton

North Carolina at Alabama

Saturday through Monday Super-Regionals

Oklahoma at Rice

South Carolina at Georgia

Miami of Florida at Ole Miss

Stanford at Oregon State

A Full preview will be coming for each series in the coming days. So please come back.