Pedroia And Larish Spark Team USA To Pair Of Wins Vs. Japan

July 4, 2003

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Durham, N.C. -- Arizona State's Dustin Pedroia went 5-for-7 and Jeff Larish went 4-for-8 as the U.S. National Team (3-0) swept a doubleheader on Thursday evening to take a 2-0 lead in the 32nd Annual USA vs. Japan Series. USA completed game one of the series this evening with a 3-0 victory and closed the doubleheader out with a 9-4 victory vs. Japan. Both games were played at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Pedroia and Larish, who are the ninth and 10th all-time ASU selections to the USA Baseball National Team, have been a key part of the 3-0 start to the Red, White and Blue tour. Each starting all three games, Pedroia has combined to go 5-for-9 (.556) and Larish is 5-for-10 (.500).

In the second game of the doubleheader, USA served as the visiting team and exploded for 11 hits off five Japanese pitchers including a grand slam home run by Danny Putnam (IF, So., Stanford) to defeat Japan in a seven-inning affair. Putnam was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Justin Orenduff (RHP, So., Virginia Commonwealth)went all seven innings to earn the win for USA. Orenduff struck out six batters while walking three and allowing five hits.

USA broke out of the gates with three runs in the first inning. The Red, White & Blue sent eight batters to the plate and knocked out Japan starter Kazuomi Tando. Putnam and Jeff Clement (C, So., USC) each had RBI doubles to give USA a quick three-run lead. Japan struck back for one run in the bottom half of the inning. A one-out walk for Kazuya Adachi followed by a stolen base and wild pitch allowed Hiroyasu Tanaka to knock Adachi in to cut the deficit to two runs.

USA increased the lead back to four with two more runs in the second inning. RBI singles by Dustin Pedroia (IF, So., Arizona State) and Putnam put the USA on top 5-1. Japan came back in the bottom half with another run without scoring a hit to trim the lead to three runs.

After a scoreless third inning, Putnam's grand slam in the fourth inning gave the USA an insurmountable 9-1 lead. Walks to Eric Patterson (IF, So., Georgia Tech) and Pedroia and a base hit by Jeff Larish (IF, So., Arizona State) set the stage for Putnam, who drove the first pitch over the left center field wall for the first home run by a USA player this year. Putnam's grand slam was the first in the USA vs. Japan series since Matt Williams in the 1985 series. Larish finished 3-for-4 and Pedroia was 2-for-3 leading the USA at the plate.

Earlier in the evening, USA and Japan finished the first game of the series with the USA holding on for a 3-0 shutout win. The opening game of the series was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain and unplayable field conditions. Micah Owings (RHP/IF, Fr., Georgia Tech) entered in the fifth inning for USA and pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing just two hits to pick up the win for USA. Huston Street (RHP, So., Texas) came on in relief in the ninth inning to record his first save of the season.

Team USA held the three-run lead before the day started. USA opened up a two-run lead on Japan in the top of the first inning last night. After a lead off walk to Patterson, Dustin Pedroia knocked a double down the left field line that was misplayed by left fielder Naoki Hayashi allowing Patterson to score. Larish continued the quick start for USA with a RBI base hit through the right side to score Pedroia and give USA a two-run lead. USA increased the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Mike Nickeas (C, So., Georgia Tech) scored on a RBI double by Patterson.

Jered Weaver (RHP, So., Long Beach State) pitched four shutout innings for Team USA and had allowed just one hit while striking out four batters. Pedroia led USA at the plate batting 3-for-4 with one run scored.

USA and Japan will now travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for two games at Coastal Federal Field. USA and Japan will play on Friday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. The series concludes on Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. back in Durham, N.C. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Game 1 Box Score:

JAPAN at USAJul 2/3 2003 at Durham, N.C. (Bulls Athletic Park)

JAPAN 0 (0-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Takashi Taritani ss...... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0Norichika Aoki rf........ 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0Ryoma Kozawa dh.......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Ryota Wakiya ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0Koji Nakamura cf......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0Naoki Hayashi lf......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Naoki Nakahigashi ph/lf. 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2Hiroyasu Tanaka 2b....... 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 0Nobuhiro Matsuda 1b...... 3 0 1 0 0 1 7 0 0Ryohei Kawamoto c........ 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 2 0Kazuya Adachi 3b......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2Takahiro Mahara p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Kenjiro Miyakawa p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toshiyuki Takebayash p.. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Totals................... 30 0 4 0 2 8 24 7 5

USA 3 (2-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Eric Patterson 2b........ 3 1 1 1 1 0 3 3 0Dustin Pedroia ss........ 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 0Jeff Larish 1b........... 4 0 1 1 0 1 11 0 2Danny Putnam lf.......... 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0Brent Lillibridge cf..... 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0Seth Smith rf............ 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2Mike Nickeas c........... 4 1 1 0 0 1 8 1 2Jeff Clement dh.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2Paul Janish 3b........... 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0Jered Weaver p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Micah Owings p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Steven Register p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Huston Street p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0Totals................... 29 3 6 2 5 4 27 12 8

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------JAPAN............... 000 000 000 - 0 4 3USA................. 200 100 00X - 3 6 0-------------------------------------------

E - Hayashi; Matsuda; Adachi. DP - JAPAN 1. LOB - JAPAN 5; USA 8. 2B -Matsuda; Patterson; Pedroia. HBP - Smith. SB - Wakiya; Tanaka. CS -Nakahigashi; Larish; Janish.

JAPAN IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Takahiro Mahara..... 3.2 5 3 2 4 2 15 20 78Kenjiro Miyakawa.... 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 5 6 28Toshiyuki Takebayash 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 9 9 44

USA IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Jered Weaver........ 4.0 1 0 0 1 4 12 13 51Micah Owings........ 3.2 2 0 0 1 1 12 13 49Steven Register..... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2Huston Street....... 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 5 5 26

Win - Owings (1-0). Loss - Mahara (0-1). Save - Street (1).

WP - Mahara 2; Street. HBP - by Mahara (Smith). Pitches/strikes: Mahara 78/48; Miyakawa 28/18; Takebayashi 44/32; Weaver 51/35; Owings 49/31; Register 2/2; Street 26/20.Umpires - HP: Greg Street 1B: Ron Sebastian 3B: Bryant Woodall

Start: 7:08 pm Time: 2:25 Attendance: 2104

Game 2 Box Score:

USA vs JAPANJul 03, 2003 at Durham, N.C. (Durham Athletic Park)

USA 9 (3-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Eric Patterson 2b........ 2 3 1 0 2 0 2 2 0Dustin Pedroia ss........ 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 4 0Jeff Larish 1b........... 4 2 3 1 0 0 9 0 0Danny Putnam lf.......... 4 2 4 5 0 0 0 0 0Brent Lillibridge cf..... 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3Jeff Clement c........... 4 0 1 2 0 2 7 1 0Michael Griffin rf....... 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0Stephen Head dh.......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 Tyler Greene ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0Paul Janish 3b........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Justin Orenduff p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0Totals................... 31 9 11 9 4 8 21 8 5

JAPAN 4 (0-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Nobuhiro Matsuda dh...... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2Kazuya Adachi 3b......... 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0Hiroyasu Tanaka 2b....... 3 0 0 1 0 1 3 2 0Takashi Taritani ss...... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Yusuke Takashima ss..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Norichika Aoki rf........ 1 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 0Ryohei Kawamoto 1b....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 Shogo Nishiguchi ph/1b.. 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0Koji Nakamura cf......... 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 Ryota Wakiya ph......... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0Naoki Nakahigashi c...... 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 Hayato Doue c........... 1 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 0Naoki Hayashi lf......... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 Ryoma Kozawa ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Kazuomi Tando p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Daigo Tanizaki p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Junichi Katayama p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Teruaki Yoshikawa p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Hiroyuki Ikeda p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Totals................... 24 4 5 4 3 6 21 8 3

Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------USA................. 320 400 0 - 9 11 0JAPAN............... 110 100 1 - 4 5 1-----------------------------------------

E - Hayashi. DP - JAPAN 1. LOB - USA 5; JAPAN 3. 2B - Larish; Putnam;Clement. HR - Putnam. SF - Doue. SB - Patterson; Adachi; Aoki; Wakiya. CS -Nakahigashi.

USA IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Justin Orenduff..... 7.0 5 4 3 3 6 24 28 109

JAPAN IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Kazuomi Tando....... 0.1 3 3 3 0 1 4 4 14Daigo Tanizaki...... 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 8Junichi Katayama.... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 5 6 25Teruaki Yoshikawa... 4.0 4 4 4 2 4 16 18 66Hiroyuki Ikeda...... 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 13

Win - Orenduff (1-0). Loss - Tando (0-1). Save - None.

WP - Orenduff. PB - Clement. Pitches/strikes: Orenduff 109/74; Tando 14/11;Tanizaki 8/3; Katayama 25/12; Yoshikawa 66/43; Ikeda 13/9.

Umpires - HP: Steve Sanders 1B: Reid Churchill 3B: Greg Street

Start: 7:18 pm Time: 2:09 Attendance: 5196

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