FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE DURHAM, N.C. – Dominic Ficociello’s (Arkansas) run-scoring single in the seventh proved to be the game-winner as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team defeated Japan, 4-3, Tuesday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE CARY, N.C. – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team scored seven runs in the seventh in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday, downing Japan, 8-2, at the National Training Complex Stadium.
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE DURHAM, N.C. – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team scored five runs in the seventh for a comeback victory, 7-6, over Japan Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
TOKYO- For the second time in three days, the Vanderbilt offense rallied from behind in the ninth inning. Down to the their final strike and trailing 3-0 to Waseda, sophomore infielder Jason Esposito drilled a bases loaded triple to deep center field to tie the game at 3-3.
Aaron Westlake was hit by a pitch to start off the inning and Andrew Giobbi followed with a hard hit single to left field. Junior Curt Casali then drew a walk to load the bases. Waseda ace Yuki Saito struck out Mike Yastrzemski to bring the Commodores within one out of defeat. However, Esposito wasn’t willing to go down easy. After fouling a Saito fastball straight back, he turned on a 2-2 pitch and sent it sailing over the head of the Waseda center fielder to clear the bases.
TOKYO- Vanderbilt baseball split a doubleheader in Japan, shutting out Aoyama Gakuin 1-0 in the first game, before falling 3-2 to Meiji University on their home field. With one out in the bottom of the second in game one, Andrew Giobbi sent a fastball deep over the left field wall to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead. The run proved to be all they would need with the stellar pitching of three VU hurlers.
TOKYO- Vanderbilt and Hosei played to a 4-4 tie in a game that ended after nine innings due to darkness.
Sophomore right-hander Sonny Gray started for Vanderbilt. Gray struck out the side in the first inning, and recorded four straight strikeouts before allowing allowing a single to Hosei designated hitter Kameda. A hit batter moved Kameda to second base and a single by Ohyagi put Hosei up 1-0. An error by senior shortstop Brian Harris allowed Ohyagi to score and increase Hosei’s lead to 2-0 after two innings. Gray finished with seven strikeouts over four innings before being removed from the game.
The Nashville City Paper has an excellent article on Vanderbilt baseball donor Bill Kaye. He donated $500,000 which is going to stadium renovations at Hawkins Field and for the team to go on an eight-day, four-game exhibition tour through Japan. This is an important trip for the Commodores as it gives them an extra 10 days of practice for the tour and four games against international competition.
FROM USA BASEBALL (TOKYO) – Japan took advantage of back-to-back errors in the bottom of the 11th inning to clinch the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships with an 8-7 victory at Jingu Stadium.
With the game tied at seven, pitcher Sonny Gray’s (Vanderbilt) errant pickoff attempt moved Shota Kioke to third base with two outs. Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton) then misplayed a ground ball at shortstop that scored Kioke from third base to seal the game and best-of-five series. Continue reading Japan takes final game 8-7 over Team USA→
(TSURUOKA, Japan) – Team Japan struck out 14 U.S. batters and Team USA stranded 16 runners on base as it fell to Japan 8-3 in game four of the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships in Tsuruoka, Japan.