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Team USA Splits Doubleheader

July 30, 2007

CARY, NC-- Down to their final out, Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) doubled and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) singled to plate two runs in the ninth and give Team USA (20-7) a 2-1 win over the Netherlands (0-2) to win the mini, three-game series. This was the first game of a day-night doubleheader in Cary, NC and Durham, NC, with the latter game starting at 5 p.m.

Josh Romanski (San Diego) started the rally with a one-out double and error to center off of closer Dave Drayer. Dayer then struck out Brett Wallace (Arizona State), before giving up an 0-1 base hit to Alvarez, his third hit of the day.

Brett Hunter (2-0, Pepperdine) kept it close in relief, retiring the first seven batters he faced into the ninth, before retiring three straight to end the game and pick up the win.

Leon Boyd went the first six shutout innings for the Netherlands, allowing just two hits, both to Alvarez with two strikes, while leaving with a 1-0 lead. Boyd retired eight in a row early and then the final six Americans he faced. Michiel van Kampen pitched the next two scoreless innings, before yielding to Drayer in the ninth. Team USA managed just four hits over the first eight innings.

Eric Surkamp (North Carolina State) pitched into the seventh, allowing just one run on one hit, walking four and striking out another five in his first appearance for Team USA, after earning a call-up from the Cape Cod League, since June 24.

Vince Rooi led off the second with a hit by pitch and came around to score on a two-out single by Bryan Engelhardt to give the Dutch a 1-0 lead.

The Americans tried to tie it in the eighth with runners on the corners with one out, but a double steal was unsuccessful keeping the Netherlands ahead 1-0.

GAME 2 RECAP

Team USA (20-8) rallied to win game one 2-1, before three errors led to a 9-3 victory for the Netherlands (1-3) in the nightcap, as the duo finished off a three-game, two-day series.

USA win leader, Mike Minor (5-1, Vanderbilt), could not get out of the fifth inning in game two, giving up five runs (one earned) over four-plus innings, paced by two errors and three runs in the fifth and three runs and one error in the third as the Netherlands built a 6-0 lead. Three runs in the ninth off of Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) blew open the game.

David Bergman went the first six shutout innings for the win, scattering three hits.

The Dutch took advantage of a shortstop Danny Espinosa's (Long Beach State) error in the third to score two unearned runs and lead 3-0. Sidney de Jong's two-out single gave the Dutch a 3-0 lead, after a fielder's choice scored the first one. A two-run single by Peroy Isenia made it 6-0 in the fifth.

Down to their final out, Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) doubled and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) singled, to plate two runs in the ninth, and give Team USA (20-7) a 2-1 win over the Netherlands (0-2) in the earlier game.

Brett Hunter (2-0, Pepperdine) retired the final 10 batters of the game for the win in relief

Josh Romanski (San Diego) started the rally with a one-out double and error to center off of closer Dave Drayer. Drayer then struck out Brett Wallace (Arizona State), before giving up an 0-1 base hit to Alvarez, his third hit of the day.  Team USA managed just four hits over the first eight innings of game one.

TEAM NOTES
Eric Surkamp, in his first start with the team since returning from the Cape, pitched into the seventh and received a no-decision, despite a combined one-hitter by him and Hunter in game one... Dutch starters David Bergman and Leon Boyd combined to throw 12 shutout innings, allowing five hits against the U.S. on Sunday... Dutch outfielder Dirk van't Klooster tied the Netherland-record for caps with 163 today.... the Netherlands fly back home Monday so they can host next week's World Port Tournament... Team USA is now 5-2 during this current American road trip.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The eight-game American trip will finish with Russia on Monday in Cary, NC at 7 p.m... the team closes out their schedule at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands starting on August 2.