UCLA's Gerrit Cole Leads USA Baseball to Championship Game

July 24, 2009

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia - UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole recorded seven strikeouts and scattered just two hits in a complete game as the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) blanked Canada, 1-0, Friday evening at the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge at Prince George Citizen Field.

Cole (4-0) pitched all nine innings, surrendering two hits, and never allowed a baserunner to reach third. The rising sophomore from Santa Ana, Calif., earned his fourth victory of the summer pitching for the U.S. team. Cole registered three of his seven strikeouts in the ninth inning.

The U.S. team got on the board in the bottom of the second with one run, and Cole helped shut the door against Canada. Yasmani Grandal (Miami) hit a two-out single to left field in the second inning and Andy Wilkins (Arkansas) followed with an RBI-triple off the scoreboard in left-center field.

Canada starting pitching Jordan Rawlyk pitched four innings, giving up one run and two hits and striking out two U.S. batters. Reliever Eric Brown threw four innings, allowing just one hit.

With the victory, Team USA automatically advances to the Championship game on Sunday, July 26. Game time is 4 p.m. (PT). Drew Pomeranz (Ole Miss) is expected to start for Team USA.

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