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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.

Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.

"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.

Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.

"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."

Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.

With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.

12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.

Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.

"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."

USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.

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2018 Collegiate National Team Staff Announced

February 14, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 2018 Collegiate National Team coaching staff on Tuesday. LSU's Paul Mainieri was named the manager of the Collegiate team last October and he will be joined by assistant coaches Cliff Godwin (ECU), Jim Hendry (New York Yankees), Brian O'Connor (Virginia) and Jorge Perez (St. Thomas) in 2018.

All four assistant coaches will make their USA Baseball National Team coaching debuts with this year's team, while 2018 will be Mainieri's second coaching appearance for Team USA after serving as a Collegiate National Team assistant coach in 2015.

"We could not be more excited about the staff that USA Baseball's General Manager of National Teams, Eric Campbell, and Paul Mainieri have selected to lead this year's Collegiate National Team," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "Each one of these coaches brings a wealth of baseball experience and knowledge that will be invaluable to our athletes."

Mainieri begins his 12th season at the helm of LSU and has posted a 512-202-3 record (.716) since arriving in Baton Rouge in 2007. He was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and has led the Tigers to 29 team championships, including an NCAA title, five Super Regional championships, seven NCAA Regional championships, six SEC Tournament titles, four SEC championships and six SEC Western Division crowns.

After serving as a coach at the 2017 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program, Cliff Godwin will make his national team coaching debut as the 2018 Collegiate National Team's hitting coach and third base coach. Godwin is entering his fourth year at the helm of East Carolina University, where he has guided the Pirates to two NCAA Regionals and one Super Regional berth (2016), and a 110-72-1 record. Godwin was named the 2015 AAC Coach of the Year after becoming the first coach in ECU history to win 40 games in his first season and guiding his team to a conference tournament title and an NCAA Regional appearance. In addition to his time at ECU, Godwin has served at six other Division I institutions, including as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, LSU, Notre Dame and UNC Wilmington, as well as the associate head coach at Central Florida and the Director of Baseball Operations at Vanderbilt.

New York Yankees special assignment scout Jim Hendry joins the staff as the 2018 bench coach. Prior to his time with the Yankees, Hendry served as the Chicago Cubs General Manager from 2002-2012. In addition to his time as GM, he worked in numerous front office positions during his time with the Cubs, including serving as farm director, scouting director and assistant GM. Hendry has also coached at the high school, college and minor league levels. He was the head coach at Creighton University from 1984-1991 and was named National Coach of the Year by Baseball America after leading his team to the College World Series for the first, and only, time in school history.

O'Connor, who is entering his 15th season as the head coach at the University of Virginia, will serve as the 2018 Collegiate National Team's pitching coach. A five-time ACC Coach of the Year and three-time national coach of the year, he has led the Cavaliers to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the program's first National Championship in 2015. As a member of Hendry's Creighton team that made it to the College World Series in 1991, O'Connor is one of just a handful of coaches that have both played and coached in the CWS. His 639-239-2 record at UVA gives him the third-highest winning percentage of all current head coaches in Division I baseball (72.7 percent) and he was the second fastest ACC coach to 500 career wins.

St. Thomas University Head Coach, Jorge Perez, joins the 2018 staff as an assistant coach and first base coach. Now entering his tenth season with the Bobcats, Perez boasts a 313-213 record, and six appearances in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, including a runner-up finish at the NAIA World Series in 2015 - the best finish in school history. Perez also served as the head coach at Gulliver Preparatory School and South Dade Senior High School, accumulating an 80-54 record, prior to his time at St. Thomas.

Trent Forshag, a member of the LSU equipment staff, will serve as the bullpen coach, Carter Hicks (North Carolina) will be the team's operations coordinator and Bill Burniston will return as the team's performance coach in 2018, marking his sixth consecutive year working with the Collegiate National Team program. Burniston was named the 2017 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving in the same role with last year's Collegiate National Team. In addition, Hank Hager (Oregon State) will serve as the team's Press Officer for the second time (2011) and Mike Bean (Notre Dame), who worked with Mainieri during the coach's tenure at Notre Dame, has been named the team's certified athletic trainer.

The 2018 Collegiate National Team will train at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and compete against teams in the Coastal Plain League from June 26-27, before hosting the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from June 28-July 2. All seven of these games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and Facebook Live.

The team will then host the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9. University of Pittsburgh Head Coach, Joe Jordano, will serve as the official technical commissioner for the series. Jordano is entering his 21st season at the helm for the Panthers and currently ranks among the top-25 active winnings Division I coaches. Finally, Team USA will travel to Cuba for the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 13-18.

For more information on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, follow along on Twitter @USABaseball and @USABaseballCNT.

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USA Baseball Names Paul Mainieri 2018 Collegiate National Team Manager

October 17, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri the manager for the 2018 Collegiate National Team on Friday. An American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer, Mainieri led LSU to a national championship in 2009 and five NCAA College World Series appearances overall, including a runner-up finish in 2017.

2018 will be Mainieri's second coaching stint for Team USA after serving as an assistant coach on the Collegiate National Team in 2015, and he will be tasked with continuing an exceptional run of success. USA Baseball is coming off its 2017 season where it became the first federation in history to sweep its international competitions, highlighted by a World Baseball Classic title, two World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Championships and three international friendship series victories by the Collegiate National Team over Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan.

"USA Baseball is delighted to welcome Paul Mainieri to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2018," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Paul has done an outstanding job over his thirty-five seasons coaching collegiate baseball and we are excited to have him bring his exceptional resume of success to our Collegiate National Team as we look to build off last season's unprecedented achievements."

Mainieri begins his 12th season at the helm of LSU and has posted a 512-202-3 record (.716) since arriving in Baton Rouge in 2007. He was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and has led the Tigers to 29 team championships, including an NCAA title, five Super Regional championships, seven NCAA Regional championships, six SEC Tournament titles, four SEC championships and six SEC Western Division crowns.

Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball tabbed Mainieri as the National Coach of the Year in 2009 and he was also honored with national coach of the year honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in addition to being awarded the Skip Bertman trophy, in 2015.

As the head coach at LSU, he has coached 11 First Team All-Americans and 15 players who have played in Major League Baseball. Additionally, he has coached five players who have participated on the Collegiate National Team: Micah Gibbs (2008), Mikie Mahtook (2010), Kevin Gausman (2011), Alex Bregman (2013, 2014) and Alex Lange (2016).

"Words cannot adequately describe how honored and proud I am to have the opportunity to lead the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2018," said Mainieri. "It has been a goal of mine since I went in to coaching thirty-six years ago to one day coach our nation's team and to now have that dream realized is almost overwhelming. When you pull that jersey on over your head and it says 'USA' across the front, your emotions are impossible to describe. We live in the greatest country in the world and I am so proud to be an American, and I also love college baseball. To combine those two things is as good as it gets for me.

"My three mentors throughout my coaching life - Tommy Lasorda, Ron Maestri, and my father, Demie Mainieri - all took their turn in coaching Team USA. And now I get the opportunity to follow in their footsteps. I'm thrilled beyond words to have this wonderful experience."

Mainieri currently sits at No. 4 on the career wins list for active NCAA coaches, No. 10 in all-time NCAA wins and is one of only seven coaches in NCAA baseball history to have won over 1,300 games and a national championship. He has led the Tigers to the nation's highest win total over the last 10 seasons with 484 victories.

The remaining Collegiate National Team staff and schedule will be announced at a later time on USABaseball.com.

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Eighty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2017 MLB Postseason

October 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - Eighty-five Team USA alumni have made the Major League Baseball Postseason with their respective clubs in 2017, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday.

All ten teams that have made the 2017 postseason have at least five alumni on their rosters; seven boast eight or more and four have at least 10 players that have represented the red, white and blue.

The Washington Nationals lead the way with 14 alumni, while the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros rosters all feature 10 alums. The Dodgers are close behind with nine and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both have eight.

Of the 85 alumni, 46 are gold medalists, 22 took home silver and eight secured bronze for the stars and stripes, including 12 that won gold at the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and three from the bronze medal-winning 2008 Olympic team.

In addition, 20 of the players have represented the U.S. on multiple teams with seven-time alum Albert Almora and five-time alum Alex Bregman having competed on the most USA Baseball squads.

The postseason starts Tuesday, October 3, with the American League Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni, by Major League Club, who appear on 2017 MLB Postseason rosters is as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks (8):
Jake Barrett - 2008 18U National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
Daniel Descalso - 2009 Professional National Team
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
David Hernandez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Chris Iannetta - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Jeff Mathis - 2005 Professional National Team
A.J. Pollock - 2011 Professional National Team
Robbie Ray - 2009 18U National Team

Boston Red Sox (10):
Matt Barnes - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Jackie Bradley Jr. - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Craig Kimbrel - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Deven Marrero - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Dustin Pedroia - 2002 & 2003 Collegiate National Teams, 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate National Team
David Price - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Blake Swihart - 2010 18U National Team
Sam Travis - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Chicago Cubs (10):
Albert Almora - 2007 & 2008 14U National Teams, 2009 & 2010 16U National Teams, 2010 & 2011 18U National Teams, 2015 Professional National Team
Jake Arrieta - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Brian Duensing - 2007 Professional National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Jon Jay - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Dillon Maples - 2010 18U National Team
Mike Montgomery - 2010 Professional National Team
Addison Russell - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ben Zobrist - 2005 Professional Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

Cleveland Indians (6):
Trevor Bauer - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Austin Jackson - 2002 16U National Team
Andrew Miller - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Naquin - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Bradley Zimmer - 2013 Collegiate National Team

Colorado Rockies (8):
Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Nolan Arenado - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Chad Bettis - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Jonathan Lucroy - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Jake McGee - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Pat Neshek - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Mark Reynolds - 2006 Professional National Team
Tony Wolters - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 & 2010 18U National Teams

Houston Astros (10):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Tyler Clippard - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Evan Gattis - 2002 16U National Team
Luke Gregerson - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Lance McCullers Jr. - 2010 18U National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Stassi - 2006 & 2007 16U National Teams, 2008 18U National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (9):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Curtis Granderson - 2009 World Baseball Classic Team
Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate National Team
Logan Forsythe - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
Chase Utley - 2006 World Baseball Classic Team
Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team

Minnesota Twins (5):
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional National Team
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate National Team
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U National Team
Joe Mauer - 2000 18U National Team, 2003 Professional National Team, 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Glen Perkins - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team

New York Yankees (6):
Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Todd Frazier - 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Sonny Gray - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Matt Holliday - 1997 18U National Team, 2003 & 2006 Professional National Teams
Erik Kratz - 2010 Professional National Team
David Robertson - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

Washington Nationals (14):
A.J. Cole - 2007 16U National Team
Sean Doolittle - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Team
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Bryce Harper - 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional National Team
Ryan Madson - 2003 Professional National Team
Daniel Murphy - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Tanner Roark - 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Team
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate National Team

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USA Clinches Series with 3-1 Win over Japan

July 18, 2017
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Japan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
USA Baseball 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 5 1
Win: Patrick Raby Loss: Masato Morishita Save: Dallas Woolfolk
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NASHUA, N.H. - Andrew Vaughn tallied two hits and drove in the go-ahead run, while Jake McCarthy collected two hits and Patrick Raby tossed 3.2 scoreless innings as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team clinched the series victory over Japan with a 3-1 win on Monday in the final game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from Holman Stadium. The U.S. won the best-of-five series, 3-2, and is now 23-18 all-time against Japan over the 41 series played between the two teams.

Vaughn was named the series MVP after hitting .333 with two doubles and two RBIs, including the game-winning run to clinch the series for the U.S. Japan's Taishi Kusumoto earned Batting Champion with a .389 batting average with a .476 on-base percentage, while Katsuki Azuma was selected as the Pitcher of the Series after throwing 11 scoreless innings over two starts with 18 strikeouts. Daiki Sakamoto was presented with the Spirit Award.

With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, the United States scored two runs to take the 3-1 advantage. Vaughn hit a line drive off the center-field wall for a RBI-double to bring home Steele Walker and later crossed home on a fielding error by Japan.

Japan scored the first run of the game as it capitalized on a U.S. throwing error in the top of the first inning, but the United States tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. McCarthy hit a line drive to right-center field for a double and scored on a Nick Madrigal single to right field.

Raby earned his third win of the summer throwing 3.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen with four strikeouts. Starter Tyler Holton went 4.0 innings allowing one unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts. Dallas Woolfolk picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning with two punch outs.

The U.S. team ended the game with three runs on five hits with one error, while Japan finished with one run on six hits and one error.

This marked the final game for the Collegiate team this summer as they finished the year with a 15-5 record, including 10-4 during international play.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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USA Ties Series with Extra-Inning Win over Japan

July 17, 2017
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USA Baseball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 7 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
Win: Dallas Woolfolk Loss: Hiromasa Saito
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WORCESTER, Mass. - Grant Koch tallied two hits and a RBI, while Nick Madrigal collected two hits and Gianluca Dalatri tossed 4.0 scoreless innings as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team earned an extra-inning victory over Japan, 3-1 in 10 innings, on Sunday in the fourth game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. With the win, the U.S evened the best-of-five series at 2-2.

Tied 1-1 after nine innings, the two teams went to extra innings under international tie-breaking rules for the second time in the series as runners start on first and second base with no outs. The red, white and blue scored the go-ahead runs in the top of the 10th inning as Steele Walker bunted down the third-base line, but the throw to cut down the runner at third base got by Japan's third baseman and allowed both Travis Swaggerty and Madrigal to score.

Dallas Woolfolk earned the win throwing the final two innings without allowing a run including retiring the side in order in the bottom of the 10th inning with one strikeout.

Trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning, the U.S. tied the game as Walker drew a one-out walk, advanced to third base on a single by Andrew Vaughn to right field and then crossed home when Koch singled to center field.

After four scoreless innings to begin the game, Japan scored the game's first run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Yoshitaka Nagasawa found a hole through the right side of the infield to bring home Ryosuke Tatsumi.

Starting pitcher Dalatri tossed 4.0 innings shutout innings scattering two hits with four strikeouts for a no-decision. Japan's starter Katsuki Azuma threw 7.0 innings without allowing a run and tallied 11 strikeouts.

The U.S. team ended the game with three runs on seven hits with no errors, while Japan finished with one run on four hits and two errors.

The United States and Japan will look to win the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Monday in the deciding game of the five-game series at 7:05 p.m. from Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire. It will mark the final game of the summer for the Collegiate team.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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Japan Tops USA with Late-Inning Rally

July 16, 2017
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USA Baseball 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
Japan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 5 6 2
Win: Daiki Sakamoto Loss: Sean Wymer
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LOWELL, Mass. - Andrew Vaughn drove in a run and scored once, while Grant Koch collected two hits as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team fell to Japan, 5-4, on Saturday in the third game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from LeLacheur Park. The U.S. now trails the best-of-five series, 2-1.

With the U.S. leading 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Japan would score three runs to take a one-run advantage heading into the final inning. Taishi Kusumoto tied the game with a two-run triple to right field, then Japan scored the go-ahead run on a Ryosuke Tatsumi sacrifice fly to right field.

Japan scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to start the game but the U.S. responded with a run in the top of second inning when Cadyn Grenier hit a line drive over the left fielder's head for a double to bring in Koch who led off the inning with a walk.

After allowing a run in the bottom of the second inning, The United States grabbed its first lead of the game in the top of the third with a pair of runs to make the score 3-2. Vaughn hit a single to center field to score Nick Madrigal, who led off the frame with a double, and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Braden Shewmake.

The United States pushed its lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning as Steele Walker ripped a double to straight-away center field to plate Travis Swaggerty.

Starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington tossed 4.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts. Sean Wymer suffered the loss allowing three runs on three hits in 4.0 innings with four strikeouts. Pilkington and Wymer combined to retire 14-straight batters from the second inning into the sixth inning.

The U.S. team ended the game with four runs on six hits with one error, while Japan finished with five runs on six hits and two errors.

The United States will play game four of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. from Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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USA Falls in Extra Innings to Japan, 6-3

July 15, 2017
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Japan 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 6 0
USA Baseball 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Win: Masashi Ito Loss: Bryce Tucker Save: Hiromasa Saito
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BROCKTON, Mass. - Cadyn Grenier went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Tim Cate recorded 4.0 scoreless innings in relief as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team fell to Japan, 6-3, in 10 innings on Friday in the second game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from Campanelli Stadium. The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1.

Tied 2-2 after nine innings, the two teams went to extra innings under international tie-breaking rules as runner start on first and second base with no outs. Japan scored four runs in the 10th inning highlighted by Keita Nakagawa driving in two runs with a double down the third-base line.

The United States team looked to extend the game in the bottom of the 10th inning as Steele Walker ripped a line drive that was knocked down by Yuki Tsumori for an out but allowed Grenier to score to make it 6-3. Japan then brought in Hiromasa Saito and got a fly out to end the game.

The U.S. scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third inning as Nick Madrigal lined a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Jake McCarthy from second base.

Japan took its first lead of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Taiju Utsumi hit an infield single to drive in a run followed by Hiroki Obata lifting a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Taishi Kusumoto who slid just underneath the tag on the throw home by Walker to make the score 2-1.

The United States tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Grenier led off the inning with a single to right field and later came around to score on a balk.

Cate threw 4.0 shutout innings in relief and did not allow a hit while recording seven strikeouts. Starting pitcher Steven Gingery tossed 4.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout.

The U.S. team ended the game with three runs on seven hits with no errors, while Japan finished with six runs on six hits and no errors.

The United States will play game three of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Saturday at 5:35 p.m. from LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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USA-Japan Game Two Postponed

July 13, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. - Game two of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series scheduled for Thursday at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field has been postponed due to rain. It will be tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.

The July 16 game is tentative at this point because the Lowell Spinners hold the rights to the Sunday time slot if their originally-scheduled game on Saturday, July 15 gets postponed and needs to be rescheduled. If the July 15 game is played, then the Sunday game will be confirmed and played at 5:00. If the Saturday game in Lowell is postponed, the secondary rain date will be Tuesday night, July 18 at 7:00 PM.

Team USA won the series opener of the five-game set on Wednesday night in dramatic fashion as Tyler Frank hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the U.S. a walk-off victory, 2-1, at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.

Fans holding tickets for the Thursday, July 13 game in Worcester can use their tickets for admission to the tentatively-scheduled July 16 game.

For questions regarding tickets, fans are urged to call the Worcester Bravehearts box office at 508-438-3773.

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U.S. Walks Off in Series Opener Against Japan

July 13, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
USA Baseball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 1
Win: Nick Sprengel Loss: Hiromasa Saito
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HARTFORD, Conn. - Tyler Frank drove in the game-winning runs in the ninth inning as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team earned a walk-off victory over Japan, 2-1, on Wednesday in the series opener of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from Dunkin Donuts Park.

Trailing 1-0 in the ninth inning, Andrew Vaughn hit a infield single followed by Cadyn Grenier lining a double to center field to put runners on second and third base. That set up pinch hitter Frank who ripped the first pitch into center field to win the game.

Japan scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning as Taishi Kusumoto hit a RBI-single through the right side of the infield to score Kairi Shimada who led off the game with a single up the middle.

Nick Sprengel earned the win tossing a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Tyler Holton tossed 4.0 innings allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Patrick Raby threw 4.0 shutout innings in relief scattering two hits with two punch outs.

The U.S. team ended the game with two runs on seven hits with one error, while Japan finished with one run on seven hits and one error.

The United States will continue its five-game series with Japan in the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Thursday at 7 p.m. from Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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