June 19, 2007
PITTSFIELD, MA-- Team USA (1-0) used a balance attack to open up its 2007 Summer Tour, beating the `Oil Can' Boyd All-Stars 9-1 on Tuesdayevening. Nine Americans had hits, seven players drove in runs andanother six scored runs.
Josh Romanski (San Diego) and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) had twohits. Tommy Medica (Santa Clara) threw out two base runners and drove ina run. Four pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout until the ninth,before the All-Stars scored a run and had three, two-out hits.
The Americans scored their first run of the summer in the first afterJordan Danks (Texas) led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stolesecond, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Pedro Alvarez(Vanderbilt) sacrifice fly to lead 1-0. The U.S. would not let up,scoring in the first five innings to lead 7-0. Danks scored three runson the night, reaching base safely three times.
The U.S. went up 3-0 in the second inning thanks to a two-run single byJordan Henry (.Ole Miss). RBI singles by Medica and Josh Romanski (SanDiego) made it 5-0 in the third, before centerfielder John Janco missedplayed a flyball to center to give Justin Smoak (South Carolina) atwo-run double to make it 7-0.
Eric Surkamp (North Carolina State) went the first 2.0 no-hit innings,striking out three, before Brett Hunter (Pepperdine) pitched twoscoreless innings, while Shawn Sanford (1-0) (South Florida) struck outthree over the next two perfect innings.
Chris Moore (0-1) went the first three innings, giving up five runs(three earned) on five hits for the loss. Sanford was credited with thewin based on score keeper's discretion.
This was the team's first game after traveling from around the countryon Monday and meeting for the first time on Tuesday morning... a lightrain began midway through the game, as the game was delayed by 23minutes because of lightening (but no rain)... three players continue tobe playing for their respective teams in Omaha (Brett Wallace-ASU, PeteyParamore-ASU, Ryan Berry-Rice), while a few others are expected to jointhe team later this week... Team USA veteran Roger Kieschnick (TexasTech) had the team's first hit, a single to lead off the second...former Red Sox pitcher Dennis `Oil Can' Boyd's team was a group offormer professional players, which included former Expo DelinoDeshields... Boyd struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter against UCRiverside's Joe Kelly in the eighth as there were cheers and jeers as apart of the six-pitch at-bat.
The team continues its first week in New England, traveling to NorthAdams, MA (Wednesday), Keene, NH (Thursday), Montpelier, VT (Friday),Torrington, CT (Saturday) and Newport, RI (Sunday). The return home toNorth Carolina on Tuesday, before taking on Chinese Taipei on June 29 inBurlinton, NC.