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Japan Claims Series Finale in Extras, 4-3

Team USA next travels to Havana, Cuba, for five-game series July 10-14
July 10, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
USA 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 1
JPN 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 4 0
Win: H. Ito Loss: K. Yovan Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Japan Cumulative
 

ATLANTA - In a fitting end to an extremely hard-fought and tightly-contested series, Monday's finale between the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Japan took extra innings to decide with Japan claiming a 4-3 walk-off win in the 11th at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.

 

The U.S. clinched the series victory on Sunday with a 7-6 win in Macon, Ga. It also won the contests held on July 4 in Durham, N.C., and July 5 in Savannah, Ga. Japan's only other triumph came in the series opener, July 3, in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Having won the 42nd U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, the red, white, and blue improves its series record to 24-18, including a 21-1 mark in series held in the United States. The Collegiate National Team now holds a 127-106-2 record all-time in games against Japan.

 

Following Monday's contest, USA Baseball announced the series award winners with Josh Jung (Texas Tech) taking home "Batting Champion" honors, Japan's Wataru Matsumoto claiming "Most Outstanding Pitcher," and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) being named the "Most Valuable Player."

 

As proof of the tightly-contested nature of the entire series, the U.S. narrowly outscored Japan, 14-12, in the five-game set with only one game being decided by more than a single run.

 

Team USA will next head to Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday, when it will open a five-game series at Estadio Latinoamericano which is set to run July 10-14. The first four games are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. ET and the series finale will be played at 10 a.m. ET.

 

In Monday's game, Japan wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, using a two-run double off the bat of Yukiya Ito to grab a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

 

The U.S. quickly got one of the runs back in the second though when Jung laced a double down the left-field line before coming around to score on a Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) RBI single.

 

Team USA then grabbed the lead in the top of the fourth, when the first five batters of the frame all reached on singles. The fourth of those base hits came off the bat of Bryson Stott (UNLV) and brought two runs in to make it a 3-2 game.

 

Just two innings later, however, a walk and three wild pitches allowed Japan to tie the game back up and that is where the score would remain at the end of the ninth, prompting extra innings and the international tiebreaker rule to be implemented.

 

Despite having runners on first and second with nobody out, neither team was able to plate a run in the 10th. U.S. rightfielder Dominic Fletcher (Arkansas) made an outstanding play to keep the game alive in the home half of that inning as he caught a flyball and unleashed a laser to the plate where he was able to cut down a runner trying to tag-and-score for the frame's third out.

 

In the top of the 11th, the red, white, and blue looked primed to take the lead back when Braden Shewmake (Texas A&M) laid down a leadoff bunt and beat it out for an infield single that loaded the bases.

 

Japanese pitcher Hiromi Ito escaped the jam, however, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a foul out to keep the score deadlocked.

 

In the bottom of the inning, Japan was able to score the winning run when Toshiya Sato laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and Takashi Umino followed with a game-winning sacrifice fly to center.

 

Both Jung and Torkelson finished the game with three hits to lead a 15-hit U.S. attack, while Andrew Vaughn (California) and Bryant Packard (ECU) had two hits apiece.  

 

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QUOTES

USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the Japan series)

"Japan was just so impressive all series with the quality of their defense and their pitching. They just never gave in, never gave you a good pitch to hit, and they all had good stuff. We had 15 hits today, but we left a small army on base, a lot of which were in scoring position. You preach clutch hitting to every player that ever plays for you. It is what separates players. When you don't come through with the clutch hits it is hard to win. Our pitching was phenomenal once again and we played good defense, but we just didn't take advantage of our scoring opportunities. I'm proud of the fact that we won the series. It would have been nice to close it out with another win, but it didn't happen so now we just have to turn the page and get ready to head down to Cuba."

 

(On getting ready for the Cuba series)

"Obviously they are one of the premier baseball-playing countries in the world and we will be playing them in a very unique environment for everybody. We are just going to have to go after them and hopefully we can get a few more clutch hits and come through in our scoring opportunities."

 

(On the opportunity to play at SunTrust Park)

"It is just amazing. Between Eric Campbell, Jim Hendry, John Schuerholz, and some of the other Braves' people, they really gave us an incredible opportunity. For these players to be able to play in a Major League stadium was just an awesome experience."

 

USA Baseball Catcher Adley Rutschman

(On winning the Japan series)

"It's big. I think the guys are really happy even though today didn't turn out how we wanted it to. We wanted to end on a high note, but I think the guys are really excited just to have the opportunity to play teams like Japan and Cuba. Just to be able to be in this atmosphere and this ballpark and just get a taste of what it is like is exciting. This team feels very fortunate and now everyone is looking forward to getting on that plane tomorrow and starting a new five-game series against Cuba."

 

(On the upcoming Cuba series)

"I don't know a whole lot about Cuba but we are all really excited to kind of see the unknown. We know their stadium holds quite a few people and we hope they get a good crowd there. Everyone is just excited to get rid of the uncertainty, see what Cuba has in store for us, and see how that series unfolds. Their style of play is unique and there are certain things that they do which are a lot different than what we have seen from Japan. But they get after, they play hard, and it should be a fun series."

 

(On being named MVP of the U.S.-Japan series)

"More important are the bonds we are creating as a team here. At the end of the day, this award is just a bat. It is a tremendous honor and I am grateful to have won it, but all of that kind of stuff takes care of itself when you are out here having fun playing the game and enjoying being around your teammates."

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Japan Clinches 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series

July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
JPN 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 X 6 9 2
Win: Morishita (2-1) Loss: Nikhazy (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Final Stats
 

TOKYO - Japan ace Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to lead Japan to a 6-1 win at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Game 5 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and clinch the series 3-2. Japan won the series for the 16th straight time on its home soil over the last 40 years.  

"We lost to a really good team and a great baseball country," said Collegiate National Team manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "But we came here expecting to win. So it hurts."

Morishita started for the third time in the series and allowed only one hit in the five scoreless innings to claim MVP honors. The right-hander started Game 1, Game 3, and Game 5, allowing only two runs in 15 innings for a 1.20 ERA and .151 batting average against. Morishita threw 195 pitches in the series. 

Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth inning, scoring three times with two outs to take a 4-0 lead. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 

"Obviously, that wasn't the way we wanted the series to go," said Alika Williams. "I had the time of a lifetime over here but we came here to do something and we didn't do it."

Williams led Team USA with a .313 batting average and five hits in the series. 

The Collegiate National Team completed its season with an 8-6 record, including series wins over Cuba and Chinese Taipei. 

"We live in a great country," said McDonnell. "It was an honor to coach the 24 best players in our country."

Key Moments
• Japan scored one in the first inning on a pair of singles, including an RBI from Tatsuru Yanagimachi.
• Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth, scoring three times with two outs. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 
• Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) got the Collegiate National Team on the board in the sixth with a line-drive RBI single to left field. 
• Koki Ugusa singled up the middle for an RBI and Shugo Maki lifted a sac fly in the seventh to give Japan a 6-1 lead. 

Notable Information 
• Tonight was the 14th winner-take-all final game in the history of the event. The Collegiate National Team is 7-7 against Japan in winner-take-all games.
• The Collegiate National Team is 4-7 all-time at Jingu Stadium. 
• Japan threw a shutout in Game 1 behind an excellent outing from ace Masato Morishita. 
• Alec Burleson (East Carolina) hit a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth in Game 2 and tie the series 1-1.
• Three Team USA pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Collegiate National Team shutout Japan to win Game 3. 
• Japan homered in four straight innings to rout Team USA in Game 4 and tie the series. 
• Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to earn series MVP honors and lead Japan to a 6-1 win in Game 5. 
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-19
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 18-3
• Japan has won 16 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-107-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-126-2
• The last five series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013, 2016, and 2019 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA snapped a two-series winning streak against Japan (2017, 2018).

On Deck 
• The Collegiate National Team flies back to the United States on Tuesday. Team USA finished the summer with a record of 8-6, including series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba.

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Japan Forces Deciding Game 5 Against Collegiate National Team

July 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 9 12 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Win: Hayakawa (1-0) Loss: L. Allen (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Overall Stats
 

KORIYAMA, JAPAN - Japan homered in four straight innings Saturday to beat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 9-1, at Kaiseizan Stadium. Japan tied the series 2-2 and forced Sunday's deciding Game 5 at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. 

"We are excited about Game 5 tomorrow night," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "I was a part of this series 10 years ago and we lost in Game 5. If you would've told me I could come back and get another Game 5, I would've said sign me up."

Yuya Gunji hit two of Japan's home runs, solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. Takashi Umino started the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning and Shugo Maki hit a solo shot in the fifth. 

The Collegiate National Team could not get anything started at the plate against Japan starter Takashi Hayakawa, who scattered three hits over four innings in his second start of the series. Team USA scored its only run on a double play ball in the eighth. 

Alika Williams led Team USA with two hits. Japan issued six walks and allowed six hits but the Collegiate National Team hit into three double plays. 

The Collegiate National Team and Japan bus to Tokyo tomorrow morning for Game 5 of the series Sunday at Meiji Jingu Stadium, the home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team.

Key Moments
• Japan's Takashi Umino hit a two-run homer over the left field wall as part of a four-run third inning.
• Japan's Yuya Gunji hit a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning and Japan added another run in the inning to increase its lead to 6-0.
• Shugo Maki hit a solo homer to straight away center field in the fifth inning. 
• Gunji hit his second homer of the day as rain began to fall int he sixth inning. 

Notable Information
• The eight-run differential snapped a streak of 14 straight games in the series decided by three runs or fewer.
• The Collegiate National Team played at Kaiseizan Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-106-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-125-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Collegiate National Team One-Hits Japan To Take 2-1 Series Lead

July 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
JPN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Win: Detmers (2-0) Loss: Morishita (1-1) Save: Abbott (1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Team USA Stats
 

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - Three USA Baseball Collegiate National Team pitchers combined on a one-hitter to lead Team USA to a 2-0 win over Japan in Game 3 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series at Kizuna Stadium. Reid Detmers (Louisville) started and threw the first five innings, Cole Wilcox (Georgia) went 2 2/3 innings in relief, and Andrew Abbott (Virginia) earned the saved by throwing the final 1 1/3 innings.

"Reid Detmers gave us a great start, then Cole (Wilcox) and (Andrew) Abbott were really good," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "We were dominant on the mound."

Detmers struck out four, while allowing only hit, in the first five innings to set the tone for Team USA. Wilcox followed with three strikeouts and Andrew Abbott got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Japan's only hit came in the first inning from No. 3 hitter Tatsuru Yanagimachi. 

Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) hit an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning and Alika Williams (Arizona State) lined a two-out RBI single in the fifth to provide enough offense for Team USA. Kjerstad's homer hit high off the left field wall and the Japan outfielders could not corral it in time as Kjerstad easily ran home for a stand-up inside-the-park homer.

Many Americans were in the stands, including families stationed at the United States Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni located nearby. 

"We really appreciate the Americans who came out today," said McDonnell. "Especially knowing they are over here sacrificing so that we can live in a great country."

Team USA is now one win away from clinching the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan for the first time in 40 years. Japan has won 15 straight series against the Collegiate National Team on its home fields. 

The Collegiate National Team and Japan fly to Tokyo this afternoon and buses to Koriyama, Japan, for Game 4 of the series Saturday at Kaiseizan Stadium.

Key Moments
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) hit an inside the park homer fourth on a fly ball off the wall in left field. It got away from the left fielder and Kjerstad easily scored on a stand-up inside-the-park homer.
• Luke Waddell (Georgia Tech) doubled with two outs in the fifth and Alika Williams (Arizona State) drove him in with a line drive single to right field to make it 2-0.
• Andrew Abbott (Virginia) induced a fly out to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning.

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team played at Kizuna Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Koriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Collegiate National Team Postponed Thursday

July 18, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME Thursday, 8 p.m. ET (Friday, 9 a.m. local)
LOCATION Iwakuni, Japan (Kizuna Stadium)
USA: LHP Detmers
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team's Thursday game against Japan at Kizuna Stadium was postponed due to rain. The teams will be back at Kizuna Stadium on Friday at 9 a.m. local time (8 p.m. ET Thursday) for Game 3 of the five-game series. 

The teams are booked to fly to Tokyo later in the afternoon Friday, thus no new inning will start after 11:30 a.m. (10:30 p.m. ET Thursday). The series is scheduled to continue Saturday in Koriyama, Japan and Sunday in Tokyo with Monday serving as a rain date. 

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team is scheduled to play at Kizuna Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 132-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 155-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 18 vs. Japan (8 p.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Koriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Burleson Walks Off Japan, Evens Series for Collegiate National Team

July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 3
USA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 7 0
Win: Abbott (2-1) Loss: Itoh (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Series Stats
 

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - Alec Burleson (ECU) hit a walk-off homer Wednesday to lead off the bottom of the ninth and send the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium. It was the first walk-off homer of Burleson's baseball career.

"I hit it and I knew it had the distance," said Burleson. "I was just hoping it would stay fair."

The ball stayed fair and easily cleared the right field wall for the first homer of the series. Team USA tied the best-of-five series, 1-1. 

The Collegiate National Team (7-4) got into position to win the game with an eighth-inning RBI single by Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) to tie the game 2-2. Japan's pitching had put up six straight zeros before Kjerstad's RBI then Burleson's heroics.

Team USA had another strong night on the mound, which started with four shutout innings from Asa Lacy (Texas A&M). Lacy scattered three hits while striking out five, as Team USA combined to strike out 14 in the game.

"We pitched really well," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "We had another good outing and we showed toughness."

Andrew Abbott (Virginia) earned the win after throwing a shutout top half of the ninth. He got a big swinging strikeout to end the inning and strand the potential go-ahead run on second base. Burl Carraway (DBU) threw a 1-2-3 eighth and Chris McMahon (Miami) allowed two runs on one hit in three innings of work. 

Team USA and Japan make the trip to Kizuna Stadium in Iwakuni, Japan, for Game 3 of the series Thursday. 

Key Moments
• Team USA scored in the first inning when Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) drove home Nick Loftin (Baylor) with a sac fly.
• Japan scored twice in the fifth after a leadoff walk. Ryosuke Kodama tripled in the first run on a two-out, two-strike pitch, then scored on a wild pitch. 
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) singled on a line drive over the first baseman's head for an RBI to tie the game 2-2 in the eighth.
• Alec Burleson (ECU) won it in the ninth with the walk-off homer on an up-and-in 2-0 fastball.

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team played at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 132-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 155-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Follow the Collegiate National Team vs. Japan on Wednesday

July 17, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Imabari City, Japan (Imabari Municipal Stadium)
USA: LHP Lacy
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team continues the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Wednesday with Game 2 of the five-game series. Japan took Game 1 with a 3-0 shutout Tuesday in Matsuyama, Japan. 

Notable Information
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Japan Blanks Collegiate National Team to Start Five-Game Series

July 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
JPN 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 1
Win: Morishita (1-0) Loss: Meyer (1-2) Save: Itoh (1-0)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Team USA Stats
 

MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series started Tuesday night with Japan shutting out the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 3-0, at Botchan Stadium. Japan opened a 1-0 lead in the five-game series. 

"(Japan) did a great job on the mound," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "They pitched to both sides of the plate and kept our hitters off balanced. Credit to their pitching staff."

The Collegiate National Team (6-4) was shut out for the first time this summer. Team USA had four hits and struck out 18 times, including nine punchouts by Japan ace Masato Morishita over five innings. 

"We'll play better tomorrow night," said McDonnell. 

Key Moments
• Japan started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single by No. 3-hole hitter Shugo Maki.
• USA starter Max Meyer (Minnesota) made an error on a bunt in the third inning to plate Japan's second run.
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) tripled to start the seventh inning, but was stranded after three straight strikeouts. 
• Japan's Takashi Umino singled through the left side with two outs in the seventh inning to make it 3-0.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series Begins Tuesday

July 14, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME Tuesday, 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Matsuyama, Japan (Botchan Stadium)
USA: RHP Meyer (1-1)
JPN: TBA

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MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team arrived Sunday to Japan for the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. Team USA holds a 24-18 advantage in the series, although Japan has won 17 of 20 series in its home country and 15 straight series in Japan over the last 40 years. 

Team USA has won six of its first nine games in 2019, including series wins over Cuba (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (2-1). The team practiced Saturday in Taiwan, traveled Sunday to Japan and plans to practice Monday in preparation for its biggest series of the summer. 

The Collegiate National Team has had a balanced start, hitting .331 as a team for 6.8 runs per game with a 2.68 team ERA and .991 fielding percentage. Heston Kjerstad leads the hitters with a .542/.556/.792 slash line and nine pitchers have an ERA under 2.00.

All five games will be televised nationally in Japan. It is unknown whether a video feed will be available in the United States. Team USA will provide updates via @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and live stats via links on the Collegiate National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-104-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-123-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 16 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Matsuyama, Japan; Botchan Stadium)
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Collegiate National Team Drops Finale in Taiwan in Extras

July 12, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
TAI 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 7 9 1
USA 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 6 11 1
Win: Ho  Loss: Abbott Save: Huang
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Series Stats
 

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - Taichung Cooperative Bank, a local professional team, used extra innings to beat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 7-6, Friday at Taichung City Stadium. Team USA finished 2-2 in Taiwan, including a series win over Chinese Taipei, ahead of its trip to Japan next week. 

Chih-Hui Chen tripled in the top of the 10th to score both runners placed on base via the international tiebreaker rule and give Taichung a 7-5 lead. Team USA scored a run in the bottom half on a sac fly from Justin Foscue (Mississippi State) that would have been a gap shot if not for a great play by Taichung's center fielder, but Team USA left the tying run on third base. 

Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State), Alec Burleson (ECU), and Alika Williams (Arizona State) all had two hits to lead Team USA. Torkelson had the Collegiate National Team's biggest hit, a two-out RBI double in the seventh to tie the game 5-5. 

Team USA held a 4-2 lead, but Taichung's Hsiao-Yun Chen tripled to left field in the top of the seventh to drive in two and tie the game. He scored one batter later to give Taichung a 5-4 lead.

Andrew Abbott (Virginia) provided the Collegiate National Team a boost on the mound, scattering two hits over three innings without allowing an earned run. Abbott was the tough-luck loser after allowing the international tiebreaker runs in the 10th. 

Team USA has a practice day tomorrow before flying to Japan on Sunday for the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. 

Key Moments
• The teams traded first inning runs with Team USA scoring on an RBI single by Tanner Allen (Mississippi State). 
• Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) hit an RBI double to left field in the third to drive home Alika Williams (Arizona State), who had singled on a bunt. Martin later scored on a sac fly by Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas). 
• Doug Nikhazy (Ole Miss) inherited a bases-loaded one-out jam in the fifth and got a fly out and strikeout to end the inning and keep Team USA on top, 3-2. 
• Justin Foscue (Mississippi State) led off the sixth inning with a double to left center and Alec Burleson (ECU) drove him home one the next pitch with a single through the right side to make it 4-2 in favor of Team USA. 
• Taichung's Hsiao-Yun Chen tripled to left field in the seventh to drive in two then scored one batter later to give Taichung a 5-4 lead.
• Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) doubled off the wall in left to drive home Nick Loftin (Baylor), who had singled, tie the game 5-5 with two outs in the seventh.
• Chih-Hui Chen tripled in the top of the 10th to score both runners placed on base via the international tiebreaker rule.
• Taichung center fielder Hsiao-Yun Chen made a terrific catch to rob Justin Foscue (Mississippi State) of extra bases in the 10th.
• Taichung's Teng-You Huang came in with two outs and a runner on third in the 10th and got a called strike three on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. 

Notable Information
• Taichung Cooperative Bank is a local professional team comparable to a minor league team in the United States. 
• The Collegiate National Team will practice Saturday before a Sunday morning flight to Japan for the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series.

On Deck
• July 16 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Matsuyama, Japan; Botchan Stadium)
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Collegiate National Team Clinches International Friendship Series Against Chinese Taipei

July 11, 2019

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team beat Chinese Taipei twice Thursday to clinch the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series, 2-1. The Collegiate National Team won the series in Taiwan for the first time ever after tying the series in its previous three trips to Taiwan. 

Team USA won the first game 12-5 before dominating the second game 10-4. The Collegiate National Team now holds a 15-0-4 advantage in the USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series.

Team USA hit .330 for the series, led by Heston Kjerstad's (Arkansas) five hits in Game 3 and .700 batting average (7-10) for the series. Kjerstad leads the team in average (.600) and hits (12) through the first eight games and is tied for the team-lead in total bases (17). 

 

G2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CT 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 5 5 1
USA 0 0 1 2 0 7 1 1 X 12 16 0
Win: Brown (1-1) Loss: Tsai Save: Criswell (1)
Box Score | Play-By-Play | Team USA Stats
 

USA 12, Chinese Taipei 5 - Series Game 2
In a game that finished 23 hours, 52 minutes after its first pitch and was played in two cities two hours apart, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team beat Chinese Taipei, 12-4. The game started Wednesday at Taichung City Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, and was 1-1 in the fourth before a rainstorm forced the game to be suspended and moved to Thursday at Tianmu Baseball Stadium in Taipei. 

Chinese Taipei took a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the sixth, before Team USA broke it open with a seven-run inning. Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) provided the exclamation point in the sixth with a three-run homer after Team USA had already plated three, including two on a double by Luke Waddell (Georgia Tech). 

Martin led Team USA with three hits and four RBIs and was a double away from the cycle. Waddell, Tanner Allen (Mississippi State), Justin Foscue (Mississippi State), and Alika Williams (Arizona State) all had two hits. Williams drove in three and Waddell had two RBIs and two runs scored. 

Asa Lacy (Texas A&M) started and went the first four innings on Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. Tyler Brown (Vanderbilt) picked up the win in two innings of work and Jeff Criswell (Michigan) earned a three-inning save, his first of the summer.

 

G3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 1 2 0 0 4 3 0 0 10 13 0
CT 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 11 0
Win: Detmers (1-0) Loss: Cheng
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USA 10, Chinese Taipei 4 - Series Game 3
Alika Williams (Arizona State) and Nick Loftin (Baylor) drilled three-run homers in the sixth and seventh innings to turn a comfortable 4-0 lead into a commanding 10-0 advantage, as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team rolled to a 10-4 win over Chinese Taipei. The win clinched the three-game series for Team USA, 2-1.

Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) also homered in the sixth inning, a solo shot, as part of a five-hit, three-RBI night. Loftin had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in four, while Williams had two hits and three RBIs. 

Reid Detmers (Louisville) started and was dominant in his scheduled four innings. He went four scoreless, allowing only one hit and striking out three to get the win, his first for Team USA.

Key Moments
• Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) tripled to right field in the third inning of Game 2, then was brought home on an RBI groundout from Colton Cowser (Sam Houston State) to tie the game 1-1 before it was suspended due to rain.
• Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) hit a three-run homer down the left field line as part of a seven-run sixth inning of Game 2 to send Team USA to a 12-5 win.
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas), Alika Williams (Arizona State), and Nick Loftin (Baylor) all homered in the sixth and seventh innings of Game 3 to help Team USA clinch the series. 

Notable Information
• Team USA leads the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series, 15-0-4.
• Team USA is 80-13-2 all-time in the USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series.
• Team USA scored 10+ runs in back-to-back games against Chinese Taipei for the first time since July 24-25, 1995.
• Team USA's 12 runs were tied for the sixth-most in the 95-game history of the series.
• Team USA's 12 runs were tied for the most in the series since Team USA scored 13 on July 1, 2007 in Cary, N.C.
• Team USA's seven-run margin of victory in Game 2 of the series was the widest in a game by either team in the series since Team USA won 10-2 on June 28, 2015 in Cary, N.C.
• There were three rain delays in Game 2 of the series. The first was a brief stoppage in the second inning in Taichung, the second suspended the game in the fourth and made the teams wait until Thursday to play in Taipei, and the third came after the fourth inning in Taipei that nearly cancelled the rest of the series.
• Chinese Taipei won Game 1 on Tuesday, 2-1, to snap a 10-game losing streak against the Collegiate National Team. 
• The Collegiate National Team won the series in Taiwan for the first time ever. Team USA and Chinese Taipei had previously tied all three series in Taiwan (2005, 2010, 2016). 
• Team USA slashed .330/.398/.550 as a team for the series with 14 extra-base hits. 
• Team USA outscored Chinese Taipei in the series, 23-11.
• Team USA woke up Thursday not knowing where or when they would play.
• Game 1 was the first in the series at Taichung City Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. 

On Deck
• Team USA plans to play a local professional team Friday at 2 a.m. ET at Taichung City Stadium.
• Next week: 43rd USA vs Japan Collegiate All-Star Series

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