Team USA Ends Summer Season By Splitting DH With Taiwan
July 27, 2001
Trenton, NJ - Stanford baseball players Tim Cunningham, Carlos Quentin and Sam Fuld finished their summer baseball with Team USA on Friday as the Americans split a pair of games with Taiwan. Fuld finished the summer season as the club's second leading hitter with a .310 batting average, starting 26 of the team's 29 games and playing in every game. He also added four doubles. Quentin hit .267 with a homer and nine RBI, while Cunningham was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five apperances on the mound.
Courtesy of USA Baseball
Team USA righthander Bobby Brownlie (RHP, So, Rutgers) threw a 7-inning, complete game in a 3-1 victory over Taiwan in front of his hometown crowd, Friday in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Waterfront Park. It was the final game of the summer for the 2001 USA Baseball National Team,as they finish with an overall mark of 21-7-1.
Taiwan's Yang Yueh Tseng singled home the game-winning run in the bottom ofthe seventh inning to give the Chinese Taipei National Team a 7-6 victoryover Team USA in the opener of the doubleheader.
GAME ONE: Taiwan 7, USA 6 (7)
In the opener, Jeff Baker (IF, So, Clemson) drilled a two-run homer in thetop of the first off Taiwanese starter Chang Wei Tu, to get the Americans onthe scoreboard. But Taiwan rallied to tie the score 2-2 in the second offTeam USA starter Kiki Bengochea (RHP, So, Miami), when both Chien Ming Changand Chia Hong Chen ripped run-producing doubles.
But disaster struck for Team USA in the bottom of the third, when ChineseTaipei scored four unearned runs without the benefit of a hit to take a 6-2lead. Three walks by Bengochea did not help matters, but two errors by Baker,and a dropped fly ball by Rickie Weeks (OF, Fr, Southern) - with the basesloaded that scored three runs - did the most damage.
The Red, White and Blue tacked on another pair of runs in the fifth, cuttingthe margin to 6-4. Carlos Quentin (OF, Fr, Stanford) - who had doubled -scored on a Weeks base hit, and Jeremy Reed (IF, So, Long Beach St.) dashedhome on a passed ball. The Americans then tied the game 6-6 in the top ofseventh off reliever Chien Fu Yang on three singles and a hit batsman, but itwasn't enough. Team USA wasn't able to capitalize any further, leaving thebases loaded.
That's when Taiwan rallied in the bottom of the frame for the game-winningrun. Yang (1-0 ) was credited with the victory, while Bengochea (3-1)absorbed the defeat, his first in two years as a member of Team USA.
Kevin Howard (IF, So, Miami) collected a single in three at-bats to run hishitting streak to a team-high 13 games, in which he batted .489 (22-for-45).
GAME TWO: USA 3, Taiwan 1 (7)
In the nightcap, Brownlie (7-0) went all seven innings to pick up histeam-leading seventh win. He allowed just one run on seven hits, striking outseven in the process. He ends the summer with a Team USA best 0.84 ERA.
Team USA took a 2-0 lead in the first off Taipei's Wei Lun Pan (0-2). A pairof singles and a walk loaded the bases, and the Americans scored on afielder's choice and a wild pitch. They went up 3-0 in the second whenanother unearned run crossed the plate, as Taiwan made four errors in thegame.
Taiwan's only run came on an RBI-single by Chien Ming Chang in the second.Reed, Baker and Quentin all had two hits in the game for Team USA. Reed endsthe summer with a team-leading .366 batting average.
For a full recap of the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Red, White and BlueTour with final team statistics, boxscores and photos from all 29 games,visit www.usabaseball.com .