Team USA captures gold at 2007 World Cup
With a 6-3 victory
over Cuba on Sunday, Team USA earned the gold medal at the 2007 International
Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup in Chinese Taipei. It was the first gold
medal for the United States since 1974.
In pool play, USA
defeated Mexico 3-0, blanked Panama 7-0, fell to Italy 6-2 and then rebounded to
top Japan 5-1, Spain 12-1, South Africa 4-2 and Chinese Taipei 10-7. The Red,
White & Blue beat Korea 3-1 in the quarterfinals and shutout the Netherlands 5-0
in the semifinals before defeating Cuba in the finals.
Division I college players made up the 24-man roster, including Brian Bixler
(Eastern Michigan), Jerry Blevins (Dayton), Tyler Colvin (Clemson), Brian
Duensing (Nebraska), Lee Gronkiewicz (South Carolina), Michael Hollimon (Oral
Roberts), Jason Jaramillo (Oklahoma State), Jeff Karstens (Texas Tech), Evan
Longoria (Long Beach State), Steven Pearce (South Carolina), Chris Perez (Miami,
Fla.), Justin Ruggiano (Texas A&M) and Jeff Stevens (Loyola Marymount).
Former major league
skipper Davey Johnson was the manager of Team USA. Davidson head coach Dick
Cooke was an auxiliary coach for the United States.
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