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Pedroia Records Two Hits As Team USA Opens Pan Am Games With Victory
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Release: 08/02/2003
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Aug. 2, 2003

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    SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. -- Arizona State sophomore All-American shortstop Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI as the USA Baseball National Team opened up pool play at the Pan American Games with a 10-0 win in seven innings vs. Guatemala.

    Justin Orenduff (RHP, So., Virginia Commonwealth) and Stephen Head (LHP, So., Mississippi) combined for a four-hit shutout and Danny Putnam (Stanford) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The win improves Team USA to 23-0 on the summer.

    "I think we did a good job tonight, Orenduff gave us a quality outing and when we get runs early we're hard to beat," said Team USA head coach Ray Tanner. "I was hoping we'd come out and score some runs and have an easy first game. It doesn't always happen like you want it to but tonight it did."

    Orenduff worked five scoreless innings allowing just four hits and striking out five batters to improve to 5-0 on the summer. Head struck out three batters in two innings and did not allow a hit in relief of Orenduff.

    Team USA wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with four runs in the first inning. Eric Patterson (IF, So., Georgia Tech) doubled, Pedroia was hit by a pitch and Putnam bunted for a single to load the bases. With a 2-1 count, Jeff Larish (IF, So., Arizona State) knocked a ground ball to second base misplayed by Guatemala infielder Juan Manuel Dieguez allowing Patterson and Pedroia to score. The USA increased the lead to 4-0 on a RBI single by Tyler Greene (IF, Fr., Georgia Tech). With his single in the first, Greene extended his hitting streak to 13 games on the summer, a team-high.

    The Red, White & Blue tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning to take a seven-run lead. Jeff Clement (C, Fr., USC) led off the frame with a triple and scored on a throwing error by Guatemala shortstop Amilicar Estrada. After a double by Mike Nickeas (C, So., Georgia Tech) and a one-out walk to Patterson, Pedroia knocked a RBI single to right center that scored Nickeas and Patterson.

    Team USA added three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up by 10 runs. Seth Smith (OF, So., Mississippi) scored on a balk by Guatemala reliever Juan Pablo Mendizabal and Putnam doubled in Patterson and Pedroia. The USA finished with 10 hits on the evening as seven of the nine starters finished with at least one hit. The game ended after the top of the seventh inning due to a 10-run rule.

    "If you get a chance to save a couple of innings with pitchers it's great," said Tanner. "We're certainly not planning on 10-running anybody we were just fortunate enough tonight to get some runs early then tack on a few more. I know we're going to be tested here and hopefully we can continue to play well."

    After hitting .404 as a sophomore for ASU in 2003, Pedroia is hitting .321 (27-for-84) for Team USA and has not made an error in 81 total chances while starting all 23 games at shortstop. Larish had his streak of home runs in five straight games snapped by going 0-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Larish is hitting .293 (24-for-82) while leading the team in home runs (8) and RBI (23).

    Team USA continues pool play on Sunday afternoon vs. The Bahamas. The game time and site has been changed with the game now scheduled for 4 p.m. at Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The scheduled starter for Team USA is Mark Romanczuk (LHP, Fr., Stanford, 4-0).

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    2003 USA Baseball
    Guatemala vs USA
    Aug 02, 2003 at Santo Domingo, D.R. (Estadio Quisqueya)
    

    Guatemala 0

    Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Juan M. Dieguez 2b....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Amilcar Estrada ss....... 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 Luis R. Figueroa 1b...... 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 Gerardo Estrada dh....... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 Jose A. Gandara rf....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 Richard Lee lf........... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 Luis M. Dieguez c........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 Juan P. Orellana 3b...... 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 Mynor Marroquin 3b...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Alvaro Rene' Paz cf...... 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Erick S. Acosta p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Juan P. Mendizabal p.... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Alvaro Dacaret p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Totals................... 25 0 4 0 0 8 18 9 4

    USA 10 (23-0)

    Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Eric Patterson 2b........ 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 Dustin Pedroia ss........ 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 Danny Putnam lf.......... 4 1 3 2 0 0 4 0 0 Jeff Larish 1b........... 3 1 0 1 1 1 6 0 0 Tyler Greene 3b.......... 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 Seth Smith rf............ 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 Jeff Clement dh.......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mike Nickeas c........... 2 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 1 Brent Lillibridge cf..... 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 Justin Orenduff p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Stephen Head p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals................... 26 10 10 7 4 4 21 6 4

    Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Guatemala........... 000 000 0 - 0 4 2 USA................. 400 312 X - 10 10 0 -----------------------------------------

    E - Dieguez; A. Estrada. LOB - Guatemala 4; USA 4. 2B - Patterson; Putnam 2; Nickeas. 3B - Clement. HBP - Pedroia; Greene. SB - A. Estrada.

    Guatemala IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP -------------------------------------------------- Erick S. Acosta..... 4.0 7 7 6 1 3 19 21 74 Juan P. Mendizabal.. 0.2 1 1 1 2 0 2 5 26 Alvaro Dacaret...... 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 5 6 23

    USA IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP -------------------------------------------------- Justin Orenduff..... 5.0 4 0 0 0 5 19 19 75 Stephen Head........ 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 6 6 31

    Win - Orenduff (5-0). Loss - Acosta (). Save - None. HBP - by Acosta (Pedroia); by Mendizabal (Greene). BK - Mendizabal 2. Pitches/strikes: Acosta 74/46; Mendizabal 26/11; Dacaret 23/10; Orenduff 75/52; Head 31/22. Umpires - HP: Juan Diaz 1B: Luis Ramirez 2B: Pedro Gutierrez 3B: Nilton Ioshida Start: Time: 2:15 Attendance:

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