June 24, 2007
KEENE, NH -- The Commodores reunited for a soulful rendition on Thursday night, as Vanderbilt teammates Ryan Flaherty and Pedro Alvarez both homered to lead Team USA (3-0) to a 5-0 victory in a rain-shorted seven inning game against Keene (NH) on Thursday evening.
Flaherty took a 3-2 pitch to centerfield for his first home run of the summer, a three-run shot that gave the Americans a 4-0 lead and chased starter Alan Morrison from the game. Alvarez followed with a solo home run in the fifth to up the lead 5-0. Flaherty finished a triple short of the cycle, while Alvarez went 3-for-4.
Jacob Thompson (Virginia) and Tyson Ross (California) pitched to just two over the minimum over the first six innings, striking out a combined eight on two hits. Including Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State), the team produced a three-hit shutout.
Thompson pitched the first two no-hit innings for the Americans to take the win, leaving after a 41 minute rain delay. Thompson struck out two and retired the final five batters he faced, as he was relieved by Ross in the third. The first hit by Keene came an hour and 49 minutes after the first pitch, with two outs in the fourth inning as Thompson and Ross faced the minimum to that point.
The Americans took a 1-0 lead in the first off an RBI double from Josh Romanski (San Diego).
Lightening, thunder and rain welcomed Team USA at the start of the game... the team had its second rain delay in two days, as today's delay was 41 minutes... Flaherty's home run was the second home run of the summer to chase an NECBL pitcher from a game. Last night Justin Smoak's two-run shot, also to center, chased North Adams starter from the game in the fifth... numerous teammates faced off against each other... Tyler Cannon ledoff for Keene at shortstop and got on via an error against his collegiate teammate at Virgina, Thompson in the first... UC Riverside's Mike Vass played for the Swamp Rats, teammate of Team USA invitee, Joe Kelly, who did not pitch... Vanderbilt's Caleb Cotham and Richie Goodnaw were on the Keene roster.
The team continues its first week in New England, traveling to Montpelier, VT (Friday), 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.