Oct. 26, 2011
Canada edges United States for
Pan Am Gold
Cal Poly Mustang Jimmy Van Ostrand drove in both runs as Canada
nipped the United States 2-1 Tuesday for the gold medal at the
Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.
Canada captured its first Pan American title,
while the United States claimed its fourth straight Pan Am
silver medal and 10th overall. Team USA has not won a gold medal
at the Pan American Games since 1967. Cuba had won the past 10
Pan Am championships and was eliminated 12-10 by Team USA Monday
in the semifinals.
The United States took a 1-0 advantage in the
bottom of the first as former Notre Dame standout A.J. Pollock
singled and scored on a two-out double by Brett Carroll, who
played at Middle Tennessee.
Canada used a two-out rally in the sixth to take
the lead. Chris Robinson (Illinois) and Tim Smith (Arizona
State) both singled before Van Ostrand’s double gave the
Canadians a 2-1 advantage.
Former Kentucky pitcher Andrew Albers was the
starter and winner for Canada, scattering six hits over 6.2
innings with eight strikeouts. Scott Richmond (Oklahoma State)
came on in relief and retired the seven batters he faced with
three strikeouts to earn the save.
Pollock went 2 for 4, the only member of Team USA
with multiple hits.
Team USA finished the fall with a 10-6 mark,
finishing tied for third at the IBAF World Cup and earning a
silver medal at the Pan Am Games.