Aug. 11, 2000
HAARLEM, THE NETHERLANDS -- Arizona State All-American catcher Casey Myers was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Bobby Crosby (IF, So, Long Beach State) drove in five runs to lead the USA National Team to a 9-1 victory over Cuba Thursday at the Honkbal Week in Haarlem Tournament in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The victory improved Team USA's record to 25-3-1 this summer, including a 4-0 mark in the Honkbal tournament.
Team USA has now won its last six games, and owns a 19 game unbeaten streak that began on July 7th in Colorado Springs, Colo. The streak includes 18 wins and one tie. Cuba drops to 3-1 in the tournament.
Team USA sent nine hitters to the plate in a four-run first inning, and pushed across another in the second to take a quick 5-0 lead. Mark Teixeira (IF, So, Georgia Tech) recorded RBI singles in each of the first two innings to run his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. The scoring barrage continued as Crosby's second home run of the summer, a three-run blast over the left field fence in the third inning, gave Team USA an 8-0 advantage.
Richard Lewis' (IF, So, Georgia Tech) sacrifice fly in the sixth made the score 9-0, one inning before Cuba scored its lone run of the evening on an RBI single by catcher Roger Machado. Chris Burke (IF/OF, So, Tennessee) enjoyed a successful evening at the plate for Team USA, leading the squad with three hits and three runs scored. Crosby was 2-for-4 with a run scored to go with his five RBI, Teixeira was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and one run scored.
Team USA starter Dewon Brazelton (RHP, So, Middle Tennessee State) picked up the win on the hill to go to 6-0 this summer. The team's victories leader, Brazelton allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out six batters on the evening. Relievers Zane Carlson (RHP, Fr, Baylor) and Kirk Saarloos (RHP, Jr, Cal State Fullerton) each pitched scoreless innings to complete the victory.
NOTES: Team USA leads the tournament in scoring by a large margin. The United States has scored 32 runs in four games (8.0 runs per game), far outdistancing the second-highest scoring team, The Netherlands, who has scored 10 runs in its three games (3.3 runs per game). The USA National Team will play The Netherlands on Saturday, the final game of round-robin play in the tournament, in a battle of the tournament's lone unbeaten teams (Holland will play Cuba on Friday). The matchup between Holland and Team USA will feature Myers vs. ASU head coach Pat Murphy.
Anthony Reyes (RHP, Fr, USC) is scheduled to start for Team USA. If the Americans finish the round-robin tournament with one of the top two records, they will play in a championship game on August 13th.
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