Sept. 12, 2009


Team USA Blanks China to Advance to Round 2


Trevor Reckling fanned a record-11 hitters, and Terry Tiffee and Josh Kroeger both homered as Team USA shut out China 8-0 Saturday in the finale of Pool E play in round 1 of the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup in front of 5,900 fans at Armin-Wolf Baseball Stadium in Regensburg, Germany.


Reckling (1-0) allowed three hits and walked three in tossing seven scoreless innings against China (0-3). His 11 punchouts were a World Cup record for a Team USA pitcher. Ehren Wassermann and Cedrick Bowers each fanned one in the eighth before B.J. Rosenberg struck out the side in the ninth. The quartet broke the USA Baseball World Cup record for strikeouts in a game with 16.


Tiffee’s two-run bomb in the first put Team USA (2-1) ahead to stay. Kroeger’s three-run shot capped a six-run eighth for the victors.


Venezuela (3-0) topped Germany (1-2) 12-1 in the other Pool E game. Germany, guided by Georgia State head coach Greg Frady, was the only third-place team not to advance to the second round.


Team USA will play its seven second-round games in Italy. Team USA will face Canada (3-0) on Sunday, Netherlands Antilles (2-1) on Monday, Japan (2-1) on Tuesday, Chinese Taipei (1-2) on Thursday, Australia (2-1) on Friday, Mexico (3-0) on Saturday and host Italy (0-0) next Sunday. The top four from this group will advance to the third round.


9/11/09: Redmond, Team USA Shut Down Germany

9/10/09: Team USA Falls to Venezuela in 11 Innings

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