July 25, 2007
MOBILE, AL - Team USA (17-6) scored four unanswered runs over the middle innings to top Team China for the second-straight game, 4-1, on Tuesday evening.
Eventual loser, Jiangang Lu was solid through five innings for China, before giving up two runs in the sixth. He scattered just three hits, before tiring and giving away the lead to the Americans following an RBI double from Brett Wallace (Arizona State) to make it 2-1. A fielder,s choice made it 3-1, after China led 1-0 early.
Lu gave up three runs on five hits over five and one-third innings. Brett Hunter (1-0) got the win in relief for Team USA, pitching four innings. Hunter gave up just one hit, retiring the final seven batters he faced. Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) converted his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.
Wei Sun,s two-out single to right gave the Chinese a 1-0 lead in the second. The Americans tied it up in the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Jeremy Hamilton (Wright State) to make it 1-1.
A groundout in the seventh then gave Team USA a 4-1 lead.
Josh Romanski (San Diego) gave up one run on six hits over the first four innings, striking out five and walking one in a start for Team USA.
Josh Romanski was making his first start of the summer, after serving as one of San Diego's weekend starters during the season... Petey Paramore walked three times tonight... Team USA won game one two nights ago 10-0 in seven innings... it was just the second time this season Team USA was outhit and won.
The five-game series with China continues in Birmingham tomorrow at 7 p.m., before traveling to Rome, GA and Ft. Mill, SC, 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.