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).

Texas Tech lands Oregon State pitching coach!


Texas Tech hired Oregon State pitching coach Dan Spencer on Monday with hopes that he can help the Red Raiders return to the top of the Big 12 standings.

Spencer helped lead Oregon State to national championships the last two seasons and was also the Beavers’ recruiting coordinator. Spencer, an infielder at Tech from 1985 to 1987, will serve as the Red Raiders’ associate head coach in charge of pitchers and catchers and as the recruiting coordinator.

“I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say that Dan Spencer is the hottest pitching coach in America,” said Tech head coach Larry Hays, who recently completed his 21st season. “He really left a lot of money on the table with other [offers].”

Hays said Spencer, 41, turned down head coaching jobs to take the Tech position and said Spencer also had offers to become the pitching coach at other Big 12 schools. Hays said once he retires, he would like to see Spencer take over Tech’s program.

“If we do well, that should be a natural result,” Hays said. “If we do a good job and he’s not the head coach, it would be a crime.”

Tech also announced Monday the hiring of assistant coach Trent Petrie, an assistant the last two years at New Mexico. Petrie, 36, was an infielder at Tech in 1992. Petrie will be Tech’s infield coach and assist with recruiting.

Tech assistant coach Daren Hays has been reassigned to the director of baseball operations. Volunteer assistant coach Lance Brown, the former TCU head coach who has served as the Red Raiders’ pitching coach the last two seasons, will work with outfielders and likely become the bullpen coach, Larry Hays said.

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Team USA knocks off Chinese Taipei

FROM USA BASEBALL RELEASE

CARY, NC— Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 over six innings as Team USA (8-1) cruised to a 13-2 victory over Chinese Taipei (1-3), winning for the third-straight time to begin their five-game series with their Asian-Pacific counterpart.

Lynn (Ole Miss) retired the first nine batters of the game and then another six near the end of his day. At one point, from the fourth through the sixth, he struck out five of six Taiwanese batters. Overall, Lynn gave up just one unearned run on two hits. He walked two and struck out 10 on 92 pitches.

Arizona State’s Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore reached base safely a combined eight times. Paramore walked twice and was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Wallace was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Justin Smoak (South Carolina) added three hits, while Tommy Medica (Santa Clara) had two, part of a 16-hit attack.

Poor pitching led to three runs in the second for Team USA and a 3-0 lead. Cheng-Long Lo (0-1) did not get out of the inning, walking four on the day, including two in the second. Back-to-back RBI singles by Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) made it 2-0, before a bases loaded walk to Paramore made it 3-0. Forsythe also had a three-run double in the eighth.

Three double plays over the first three innings by Chinese Taipei kept the damage at a minimum as the U.S. tacked on a run in the third to lead 4-0.

The Americans batted around in the fifth and scored four more times to lead 8-1.

TEAM NOTES
3B Pedro Alvarez (hand) was scratched from the original lineup. He is day-to-day…. the team’s early time schedule this week is set to replicate the schedule in the Pan American Games, one night game, followed by two early games… it was Team USA’s first official game in their new training complex which opened last week… they have been practicing in the facility since last Tuesday… Steve Strasberg (San Diego State) appeared for the first time, joining the team for a week, pitching the eighth and ninth, giving up a run on three hits.

Team USA takes Game 2 from Chinese Taipei


FROM USA BASEBALL RELEASE

BURLINGTON, NC— Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) hit his second home run of the series, the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth, to lead Team USA (7-1) to a 6-4 victory over Chinese Taipei (1-2) in the second game of the five-game series. Kieschnick finished with three RBIs, all coming in the last two innings.

Ryan Flaherty (Vanderbilt) had two RBI singles, while Jordan Danks (Texas) reached base safely three times, scoring three times on two walks and a single.

Chinese Taipei scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4, after the Americans took a 4-0 lead in the top of the inning with three runs.

Closer Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) gave up a two-run, two-out double by Chuan Lin Yi to tie the game at 4-4. Back-to-back RBI doubles off of Josh Romanski (San Diego) cut the lead to 4-2. Satterwhite (1-0) ended up with the win, rebounding with a scoreless ninth.

Team USA finally solved reliever Wen Cheng Kai with three runs in the eighth to lead 4-0. Kai had retired the first six batters he faced, before giving up a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks (Texas). Danks came around to score for the second time in the game on a Kieschnick RBI single, before Flaherty followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. A sacrifice fly by Justin Smoak (South Carolina) made it 4-0.

Jen Lo Chia pitched five strong innings for Chinese Taipei, allowing just one hit, but trailing 1-0. He walked three and struck out another three on 72 pitches. Jacob Thompson (Virginia) countered with six scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He struck out two and walked two, using just 79 pitches.

Flaherty drove in Danks in the third to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Catcher Mu Chen Jui had two of the first three hits for CTBA. The second hit came in the eighth. CTBA finished with six hits.

TEAM NOTES
The Americans were the designated visitor after serving as the home team on Friday… the first half of the game saw a steady downpour of rain…. Team USA had a three-hit shutout last night and had 16 scoreless innings in the series until CTBA scored in the eighth… the game times tonight, Sunday and Monday (7 p.m. /12 p.m./10 a.m.) represent close to the same times the Americans will play at the Pan American Games next month (7 p.m. /11 a.m. /9 a.m.).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Chinese Taipei series will continue in Cary, NC at the National Training Complex (July 1-2) at noon on Sunday and 10 a.m. on Monday, before finishing off in Kannapolis, NC (July 3) at 7 p.m. The 10-game North Carolina home stand continues with Japan on July 4 to begin a five-game series.

Texas Tech to name a new coach??


Texas Tech has scheduled a news conference on Monday at 1 pm local time to make an important announcement about the baseball program. Oregon Live is reporting Dan Spencer who is the top assistant coach of the Oregon State program will make the move back to Lubbock to work with current head coach Larry Hays. This story will be followed closely by The College Baseball Blog as this could be great news for the Red Raiders program.

Oregon Live article
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Blog Update


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Team USA takes Game 1 from Chinese Taipei


Team USA picked up a 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei. The team was led again by Pedro Alvarez who went 3-3 with a walk, three doubles, and an RBI in the victory. The pitching staff for Team USA was outstanding again as Brian Matusz pitched four scoreless innings while allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.

Team USA Recap

Baseball America Predicts 2008 CWS Field

Baseball America published an interesting op-ed piece today, forecasting their predicted field for the 2008 College World Series. Obviously it’s too soon to tell who will be a legitimate contender, with almost 2 months remaining before the August 15 deadline for MLB organizations to sign would-be college prospects, and injuries, weather and dozens of other factors looming on the horizon. But all the same, it’s interesting to start thinking about it already as we watch the summer leagues take shape, and Aaron Fitt provides some interesting food for thought in the off-season. And no, as you near the end of the list, you’ll discover that I am not unbiased in my evaluation of this article…

The lucky 8:

Arizona State
Miami

Baylor

Michigan

Missouri

UCLA

Vanderbilt

Virginia

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Wahoos in Summer Ball

Following a season that saw the University of Virginia Cavaliers host an NCAA Regional in Charlottesville, VA and finish 45-16, and saw a school-record six Wahoos drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, a number of Hoos are currently playing in summer collegiate wood bat leagues around the country.
Cape Cod League
David Adams (Falmouth Commodores)
Jeremy Farrell (Falmouth Commodores)
Jeff Lorick (Chatham A’s)
Pat McAnaney (Orleans Cardinals)
Michael Schwimer (Orleans Cardinals)
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Tyler Cannon (Keene Swampbats)
Andrew Carraway (Newport Gulls)
Valley Baseball League
Patrick Wingfield (Winchester Royals)
New York Collegiate Baseball League
Brad Grove (Saratoga Phillies)
Corey Hunt (Saratoga Phillies)
Mark Riffee (Saratoga Phillies)

A number of Cavalier recruits are also playing in summer leagues:

Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League
Dan Grovatt (Protocall Starz)
Clark Griffith League
Jarrett Parker (Vienna Mustangs)
Chester County American Legion (PA)
Phil Gosselin (West Chester, PA)