CARY, N.C. — Nick Banks (Texas A&M) and Ryan Howard (Missouri) each collected multi-hit games but Chinese Taipei erupted for a six-run inning in the seventh inning to post a 9-2 win over the USA Collegiate National Team, on Tuesday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Team USA (1-3) suffered its second loss to Chinese Taipei, the first two games of a seven-game series. Chinese Taipei jumped out to a two-run lead early, with Team USA answering with a run in the top of the fifth. Chinese Taipei then plated a run in the sixth and exploded for six runs in the seventh. Team USA got a run back in the ninth, getting three consecutive singles to open the frame, for the final margin. Continue reading CHINESE TAIPEI USES SIX-RUN SEVENTH IN 9-2 WIN OVER TEAM USA→
LOS ANGELES — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the selection of Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi as the recipient of the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. In the prestigious award’s 38th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, it was presented live on ESPN’s SportsCenter by 1989 Golden Spikes Award winner and current college baseball analyst, Ben McDonald.
The other three finalists for this year’s award also hailed from the Southeastern Conference, including shortstop Alex Bregman of Louisiana State, right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt, and shortstop Dansby Swanson of Vanderbilt. All four finalists were chosen within the top eight selections of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Benintendi was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox, while Bregman was selected No. 2 by the Houston Astros, Fulmer was drafted No. 8 by the Chicago White Sox, and Swanson was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Continue reading ARKANSAS’ ANDREW BENINTENDI WINS 2015 USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD→
With the Cape Cod Baseball League running just 10 weeks, each and every game is important for players to make their mark. The Hyannis Harbor Hawks’ Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) has capitalized on it, pitching a no-hitter against Harwich that put him on the radar and earned him Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week honors. Smeltzer is 2-0 with a 1.22 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.
KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn has announced that Raphael Cerrato will stay on as head coach of the Rhode Island baseball program, following his one-year stint as interim head coach.
CARY, N.C. — Chih-Yi Huang and Shih-Ying Peng combined to allow just one run on the mound over eight innings, helping pace Chinese Taipei to a 5-1 win over the USA Collegiate National Team, the first of a seven-game series, on Monday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
CARY, N.C. — Catcher Chris Okey (Clemson) caught three runners stealing and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) belted an opposite-field home run, highlighting the second of the USA Collegiate National Team’s summer tour, a 7-5 loss to Peninsula of the Coastal Plains League, on a steamy Sunday night at the USA National Training Complex.
OMAHA, Neb. – The Virginia baseball team advanced to the College World Series Finals for the second straight year after ousting No. 4 national seed Florida, 5-4, Saturday night in front of 15,560 onlookers at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia (42-23) advances to face Vanderbilt (50-19) in the best-of-three CWS Finals beginning Monday in a rematch of the 2014 CWS Finals.