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
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.
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