Nov. 19, 2007
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - With one out in the ninth inning of the 2007 IBAF World Cup championship game, Team USA manager Davey Johnson brought in former Lion Jeff Stevens to record the final two outs of the game against Cuba. Stevens answered the call, striking out former Cuban batting champion Osmani Urrutia for the second out. Stevens then go Cuban catching legend Ariel Pestano to pop out down the right field line to earn the save. With the former Lion on the hill, Team USA mobbed each other behind the pitcher's mound. With the win, USA snapped Cuba's invincibility at the World Cup as well as their winning streak of nine straight World Cup gold medals.
While wearing a Lion uniform, Stevens was a two-time All-WCC selection after leading the Lions in innings pitched his sophomore and junior seasons. As a sophomore, he went 6-0 with a 3.73 ERA for the Lions. He was a sixth round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2005, and was later dealt to the Indians organization where he remains today.
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