Mike Esposito Continues Dominance With Team USA, Throwing Complete Game Shutout Over Taiwan

July 26, 2001

BROOKLYN, New York -- Arizona State sophomore-to-be right-handed pitcher Mike Esposito out-dueled Taiwan's Wei Lun Pan by hurling a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the USA Baseball National Team (18-5-1) won by a 1-0 score Tuesday night at KeySpan Park on Coney Island. It was Team USA's 28th consecutive win over the Taiwanese National Team, in games played dating back to 1990.

The Americans scored their lone run in the bottom of the first off Pan when Jeremy Reed (IF, So, Long Beach St.) led off with a double, and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hubele (DH, So, Texas).

But Esposito was the story. He improved his record to 3-1 on the summer by going the distance. He surrendered just four singles while fanning ten, without allowing a walk. Esposito (Las Vegas) is now 3-1 on the summer for Team USA with three consecutive wins to lower his ERA to an impressive 1.56. Esposito was ASU's ace in 2001, going 5-2 with a 4.06 ERA in 16 games for the Sun Devils, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years under head coach Pat Murphy. Pan (0-1) also went the entire way for Taiwan, but suffered a hard-luck loss.

Ko Fan Chen had two of Taiwan's four hits in the contest. Reed was the only American with two hits.

The USA National Team has now won 11 games in a row, and 16 of their last 19 games overall on the 2001 Red, White and Blue Tour under Head Coach Pat McMahon. There are five games remaining on the Tour.

The 2001 USA Baseball National Team Red, White and Blue Tour continues on Wednesday evening in Augusta, New Jersey when Team USA and Taiwan play the fourth of this eight-game series. Tim Cunningham (LHP, So, Stanford) will take the mound for Team USA. For a roster, statistics and box scores of the 2001 USA Baseball National Team, go to www.usabaseball.com.

                   2001 USA Red, White and Blue Tour                             Taiwan at USA           Jul 24, 2001 at Brooklyn, New York (Keyspan Park)

Taiwan 0 (0-3) USA 1 (18-5-1)

AB R H RBI AB R H RBI

Wang, S.H. 2b 4 0 0 0 Reed 1b 3 1 2 0Chen, C.H. ss 4 0 0 0 Weeks lf 4 0 0 0Chen, Y.C. lf 4 0 1 0 Baker ss 4 0 0 0Lin, C.S. 1b 4 0 0 0 Howard 3b 4 0 1 0Chen, K.F. dh 4 0 2 0 Hubele dh 3 0 1 1Chang, C.M. cf 3 0 0 0 Quintanilla 2b 3 0 1 0Hsu, Y.H. 3b 3 0 0 0 Quentin rf 3 0 1 0Kao, C.K. c 3 0 0 0 Fuld cf 3 0 1 0Cheng, C.H. rf 3 0 1 0 Herrera c 2 0 1 0Pan, W.L. p 0 0 0 0 Esposito p 0 0 0 0

Totals...... 32 0 4 0 Totals...... 29 1 8 1

Score by innings: R H E----------------------------------------------Taiwan 000 000 000 - 0 4 0USA 100 000 00 - 1 8 1----------------------------------------------

E - Howard. DP - USA 1. LOB - Taiwan 5, USA 7. 2B - Reed(4). 3B -Hubele(2). SF - Hubele. SB - Cheng, C.H.. CS - Reed, Fuld.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly Gnd NP

Pan, W.L. L 0-1 8.0 8 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 29 32 6 13

Esposito W 3-1 9.0 4 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 32 32 5 12

WP - Esposito.

Strikeouts - Wang, S.H. 2, Chen, C.H., Chen, Y.C. 2, Lin, C.S., Hsu, Y.H.2, Kao, C.K., Cheng, C.H., Hubele, Quintanilla. Walks - Reed, Herrera.

Start: 7:00 pm Time: 2:06 Attendance: 1157

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