Team USA won 16-0 over China on Thursday evening behind seven strong innings from starter Ryan Berry who only gave up four hits and walked no batters. Team USA was led on offense by Tommy Medica who went 3-5 with three RBI. Pedro Alvarez, Roger Kieschnick, and Jordy Mercer each added a home run.
BIRMINGHAM, AL— China’s Kun Chen, Youhua Guo and Quansheng Zhao out dueled Team USA’s Lance Lynn (2-1) and Jordy Mercer as the Chinese (1-2) won the third game of the five-game series over the Americans (17-7), 2-1, on Wednesday evening. Team USA had won the first two games of the series.
Chen went the first six and two-thirds, giving up one run on seven hits, before yielding to Guo. Guo went an inning and one-third before yielding to Zhao in the ninth, who posted the save, despite putting the tying run on second base.
Brett Wallace (Arizona State) and Danny Espinosa (Long Beach State) each had three of the Americans nine hits, who rested starting outfielders Jordan Danks (Texas) and Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) to begin the night.
Espinosa’s bunt base hit in the ninth sent the winning run to the plate against Zhao with one out. Espinosa was then balked to second. Zhao though got a flyout and strikeout to end the game.
An RBI single followed by a groundout gave China a 2-1 lead in the second, the second time in two nights the Chinese led early.
Lynn went the first four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Mercer went the final six innings, not allowing a hit the rest of the way. He struck out eight on the night and did not walk a batter.
Wallace gave the Americans a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single.
The game was delayed by over an hour due to a rain storm which started around 90 minutes prior to first pitch… Manager Mike Weathers played in the Oakland A’s minor league system in Birmingham, AL in the mid-1970’s for three years… RHPs Jacob Thompson (Virginia) and Brian Matusz (San Diego), neither of which are injured, left the team for precautionary reasons due to a high number of innings pitched over the previous eight months… Thompson finished the summer 1-2 with a 1.27 ERA, Matusz was 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA… junior national team invitee, Tyler Stovall, a lefthander/outfielder from Hokes Bluff (AL) High School joined the team on Wednesday and will be with the team through the end of the week… Team USA is now 2-2 against Communist-led governments over the last four games (China and Cuba).
The five-game series with China continues in Rome, GA on Thursday and Ft. Mill, SC on Friday, finishing off the nine-game (two-day) American trip with the Netherlands and Russia in North Carolina… the team closes out their schedule at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands starting on August 2.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has released their players of the week for June 25th-July 6th in Yonder Alonso (Miami FL) and Andy Oliver (Oklahoma State). Yonder Alonso hit .400 for the week in five games while slugging .750 to be named the Player of the Week. Andy Oliver only gave up two hits and one earned run in 15 innings last week to get the Pitcher of the Week award. The full release including news and notes around the Cape Cod League is available here. We will try to make it down to the Cape Cod League for a game this week but for full coverage of the CCBL you can check out Codball.com.
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.
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.
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).
Louisville knocked off Oklahoma State 20-2 in the decisive game of their Super Regional showdown. This will be Louisville’s first trip to the College World Series. Isiah Howes led the Cardinals with a 3-6 day with a homer and six RBI. Pete Rodriguez went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the win. Oklahoma State starter Joe Kent only lasted one full inning while giving up three runs. Oklahoma State ends to the season with a 42-21 record.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys picked up a solo home run from Ty Wright to tie the game at 2. The teams stayed tied until the twelfth inning when Oklahoma State got back to back base hits with two outs to drive in Tyler Mach with the eventual winning run. The Cowboys behind Jordy Mercer (3-1) was able to hold the Cardinals scoreless over the final four innings to get the victory. Travis Magnusson (3-2) got the loss for the Cardinals after giving up two runs on three hits in his five innings of work. The teams will play at 4 pm tomorrow with the winner going to the CWS.
The Louisville Cardinals opened up their Super Regional series with the Oklahoma State Cowboys and came away with a 9-0 shutout victory. The Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the first inning on three hits to get the partisan crowd in the game. Zack Pitts gave the Cardinals seven strong innings while giving up four hits and two walks. His record goes to 10-3 on the season. Oklahoma State starter pitcher Oliver Odle ( was lit up for five runs in 3+ innings of work and was lifted after Chris Dominguez hit an opposite field homer to lead off the fourth inning. Isiah Howes went 2-5 with 2 RBI to lead the Cardinals offense. Jordy Mercer was the only Cowboy with multiple hits in the game.
The teams will be back on the field on Saturday at 12 pm in the eastern timezone on ESPNU.
The Louisville Cardinals will host Oklahoma State in a Super Regional this weekend. The games will be played on Friday at 2 pm ESPN 2, Saturday at noon ESPN U, and on Sunday at 4 pm ESPN (if necessary).
Oklahoma State (41-19)
The Cowboys head to Louisville coming off a perfect regional after defeating Creighton 6-4, then Arkansas twice 14-3 and 7-6. Oklahoma State is led by fourth year head coach Frank Anderson. He leads a team with a .326 team batting average including seven starters who are hitting above .312. Tyler Mach leads the team in average with a .401 batting average including 16 homers. Corey Brown leads the team with 21 homers. The College Baseball Blog had the chance to see Matt Mangini last summer in the Cape Cod League. I believe that he has a very good chance at playing at the next level if he can get better defensively. He is hitting .343 with nine homers on the year. According to some of my sources, Oklahoma State plays in a launching pad type stadium which might inflate the power numbers of the team. Joe Kent leads the pitching staff with a 4-2 record with a 3.42 ERA. Oliver Odle (7-4, 4.39 ERA) and Andrew Oliver (6-1, 5.18 ERA) round out the starting staff with more then ten starts. The Cowboys also have a solid closer in Justin Friend who leads the team with seven saves with a 6-3 record and a 2.36 ERA.
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The Louisville Cardinals shocked the baseball world by heading to the Columbia (MO) Regional and coming away with a spot in a Super Regional. Louisville won their first game over Miami 13-7 before facing the host Missouri in the winners bracket. The Cardinals picked up a 7-5 deficit so that set up an elimination match-up with Miami in which Louisville survived a late Hurricane rally to get an 8-7 win then defeated the host Missouri 4-3 which sent the regional to Monday. Louisville jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning as they cruised to a 16-6 win. The Cardinals are led by first year head coach Dan McDonnell who inherited a solid team from former head coach Lelo Prado who left for South Florida after last season. The Cardinals are led offensively by Isiah Howes who leads the team with a .392 average and also in home runs with 16 on the season. Boomer Whiting is the catalyst for the offense with a solid .368 average but he does most of his damage on the base paths with an unbelievable 72 steals in 84 attempts. Chris Dominguez had a huge regional by hitting five homers in the final four games of the weekend. He had 7 RBI in the 16-6 clinching victory over Missouri. The Cardinals starting pitching is led by Zack Pitts (9-3, 2.37 ERA) and Justin Marks (8-2, 2.61 ERA). Trystan Magnuson leads the Cardinals with nine saves in 34 appearances. He also has a 1.02 ERA.
Friday: UL Zack Pitts (9-3, 2.37 ERA) vs OSU Oliver Odle (7-4, 4.39 ERA)
Saturday: UL Justin Marks (8-2, 2.61 ERA) vs OSU Joe Kent (4-2, 3.42 ERA)
Sunday: UL TBA vs OSU TBA
Other published previews of Super Regional
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Louisville wins the Super Regional in three games with a deeper pitching staff.
Arkansas received a seven strong innings from Nick Schmidt who only allowed two hits and no runs as the Hogs survived an elimination game against Creighton with a 6-0 win. Brian Walker led the offense by going 4-4 while hitting two home runs, driving in two runs, and scoring four times. Arkansas advances to the Championship round against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State 7 Arkansas 6
Oklahoma State clinched a spot in Super Regionals after defeating Arkansas 7-6. Oklahoma State survived a late rally but held on for the victory. The Cowboys were led by Tyler Mach and Corey Brown who each hit a homer and drove in three runs. Cowboys reliever Josh Fritsche got his second win of the year while Jordy Mercer got his third save of the season. Arkansas reliever Stephen Richards got the loss for the Razorbacks. They end the season with a 43-21 record while Oklahoma State will play the winner of the Louisville/Missouri elimination game on Monday in the Super Regionals next weekend.
The Creighton Blue Jays picked up a 21-11 victory over the Albany Great Danes to keep their season alive. Creighton was led on offense by Steve Winkelman who went 3-4 with six RBI in the victory. Creighton will face the Oklahoma State/Arkansas in an elimination game on Sunday.
Oklahoma State 14 Arkansas 3
The Arkansas Razorbacks played a sloppy game on Saturday evening and the Oklahoma State Cowboys took advantage of multiple errors in a 14-3 victory. Arkansas starter Jess Todd was ineffective as he let up five runs in over three innings of work. Tyler Mach hit a key grand slam in the fourth inning for the Cowboys to take control of the game. Arkansas will play Creighton in an elimination game while Oklahoma State will play the winner of Arkansas against Creighton later on Sunday.
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