June 23, 2007
MONTPELIER, VT-- Team USA pitchers ran its scoreless streak to 22-straight innings following its second-straight shutout, a 5-0 win over host Montpelier (VT) on Friday night. Brian Matusz (1-0), Lance Lynn and Cody Satterwhite combined on a one-hitter as the Americans lowered their ERA to 0.27 in a rain-shorted, eight inning affair.
Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) drove in three runs and went 3-for-4 for the Americans.
AJ Pollock's one-out single in the fourth broke up the American's no-hit bid off of Matusz (San Diego). Matusz finished his pre-determined start with four shutout innings, striking out four and walking none. Lynn (Ole Miss) went the next three innings, striking out four and facing one over the minimum. Satterwhite (Ole Miss) relieved his teammate and pitched a scoreless eighth. The trio pitched to just three over the minimum.
The Americans took a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring on a wild pitch by Mountaineer righthander Justin Gutsie and in the third went up 2-0 on an RBI single from Alvarez. Alvarez's two-run single in the fifth started a three-run inning, as his bases loaded hit made it 4-0.
QUOTE FROM MANGER MIKE WEATHERS ON TEAM SO FAR
"We are halfway through the process. They have come together as a team as we continue to learn each other. It's gone well. I'm looking forward to the final couple of games here in the Northeast, before we head home to Cary."
A heavy rain storm hit the area right before first pitch, in the top of the fifth inning and shut down Team USA's batting practice about two hours before the scheduled start time... it was intermittent the rest of the way... the game was delayed by 58 minutes due to the second storm... Arizona State players Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore are expected to join the team on Saturday in Torrington, CT... Rice pitcher Ryan Berry is slated to join the team soon after... the trio played in Omaha this past week in the College World Series.
The team continues its first week in New England, traveling to Torrington, CT (Saturday) and Newport, RI (Sunday). The Americans return home to North Carolina on Tuesday, before taking on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Burlinton, NC.