FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Omaha, Neb. – Gerrit Cole (UCLA) worked six innings allowing one run and striking out seven as Team USA defeated Japan 4-1 Wednesday night at Rosenblatt Stadium in a friendly international game. With the win the Collegiate National Team (CNT) improves to 8-0 on the summer.
Cole (1-0) was impressive from the outset retiring nine of his first 10 batters with three strikeouts and allowed just one extra base hit on the night. Team USA’s bullpen was just as impressive as Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt) and Noe Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton) worked the final three innings allowing two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Ramirez recorded his team-best third save on CNT’s tour.
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DURHAM, N.C. – George Springer (Connecticut) roped a pair of doubles on his way to a three-hit performance and Sean Gilmartin (Florida State) struck out five for his second win of the summer as Team USA completed the five-game series sweep of Korea with a 5-3 win Sunday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With the win the Collegiate National Team (CNT) improves to 6-0 during its summer tour.
Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, USA scratched across a pair of runs to take a 5-2 advantage and coasted to the series sweep. Peter O’Brien (Bethune-Cookman) drove in the game-winning run on a bunt single towards the left side of the pitcher’s mound scoring Springer from second, who singled to start the frame. CNT’s newest member, Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt), scored the second run when Nolan Fontana (Florida) reached on an error during his sac bunt attempt moving O’Brien over to third and pushing Esposito across.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Ryan Wright (Louisville) broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning with a RBI triple to right center and Gerrit Cole (UCLA) preserved the win with two innings of relief giving Team USA a 1-0 win over Korea at Goodmon Field inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
CARY, N.C.- Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito was added to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team today, joining fellow Commodore Sonny Gray on the all-star summer squad.
He replaces Dick Howser Trophy winner Anthony Rendon (Rice) who suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s win over Korea.
"It is a dream come true to play for my country and honor our troops (some of whom I know) who fight for us overseas," said Esposito.
Esposito had a stellar sophomore campaign last spring for the Commodores batting .359 with 12 homers, 25 doubles and 64 RBI. He also stole 31 bases in 35 attempts and boasted a .455 on base percentage.
Here is your Cape Cod Baseball League Top Performers for July 8th.
Cohl Walla, Brewster Whitecaps (Texas) 2-4, RBI
Zach Wilson, Wareham Gatemen (Arizona State) 2-4, double, BB
Chad Wright, Cotuit Kettleers (Kentucky) 3-4, double, BB, 2 SB
Aaron Westlake, Chatham Anglers (Vanderbilt) 2-4
Mike Nemeth, Bourne Braves (UConn) 2-4
Tyler Hanover, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (LSU) 2-4
Jason Esposito, Orleans Firebirds (Vanderbilt) 2-4
UPDATED LIST AVAILABLE HERE
The 2010 College Baseball season ended on Wednesday night so it is now time to turn the page and focus on the 2011 season. Fanhouse.com MLB Draft guru Frankie Piliere has put out his first 2011 MLB Draft Follow List. The list includes his top 50 players that he has seen that are eligible for the draft next season. This means that you will not see a couple of big names on the list like UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray to name a few. He plans on updating his rankings in the coming months as he seems more of these guys play. The listings today has high school LHP Daniel Norris as his top ranked player with UConn’s Matt Barnes in the runner up spot. Alex Dickerson from Indiana checks in at number 3 behind Barnes while Travis Harrison and George Springer are fourth and fifth respectively. The rest of the top ten is Brett Mooneyham from Stanford, Dylan Davis from Redmond WA, Phil Evan from LaCosta Canyon in California, Josh Tobias of SE Guilford High School in North Carolina, and Hudson Boyd is tenth out of South Fort Myers High School. A couple other names of interest is Jason Esposito of Vanderbilt checking in at 17th while Kolten Wong is at 49 on the countdown. You can check out the full list below.