August 9, 2010
Team USA takes silver medal
Alfredo Despaigne hit a pair of home runs,
including a three-run game-winner in the bottom of the 10th, as
Cuba nipped the United States 4-3 in the title game of the V
FISU World University Baseball Championships at Meiji Jingu
Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
Maggi (right) of Arizona State went deep in the top of the
eighth to give Team USA (16-3) a 1-0 lead. Despaigne homered in
the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
According to the tie-break rule for the
International Baseball Federation, each extra frame starts with
runners on first and second with no outs.
George Springer of Connecticut and Nick Ramirez
of Cal State Fullerton both had RBI singles in the top of the
10th as the Americans took a 3-1 lead.
Despaigne homered with one out and runners on the
corners in the bottom of the 10th to give Cuba the win.
Gerrit Cole of UCLA pitched seven scoreless
innings with 10 hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Noe Ramirez
of Cal State Fullerton allowed two hits and one run in one
innings with one walk and one strikeout. Nick Ramirez (0-1) took
the loss with 1.1 innings of work.
Four Team USA players were honored at the
conclusion of the WUBC. Maggi was named best defensive player.
Ryan Wright of Louisville was selected as the top designated
hitter. Mikie Mahtook of LSU led the tournament with four stolen
bases. Matt Barnes of Connecticut recorded the lowest ERA at
(photo courtesy of ASU Media