Sunday, July 20, 2003
Team USA has third shutout in three nights
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mark Romanczuk pitched into the seventh
inning and Dustin Pedroia homered as Team USA beat Mexico 10-0
Sunday for its third shutout in three nights.
Eric Patterson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs for Team
USA, which had 14 hits after winning 8-0 Friday and Saturday.
The Americans have won 16 straight games -- including a
team-record nine shutouts -- as they prepare for next month's Pan Am
Games. The U.S. team has beaten Mexico 38 of the last 39 meetings
dating to June 1999.
Team USA has outscored Mexico 34-2 in four games this summer,
with the final game of the series set for Monday.
Romanczuk, a freshman left-hander from Stanford, went 6 1/3
innings to extend his scoreless streak to 22 innings -- second to
teammate Jered Weaver's 27 2-3 scoreless innings. A pair of
sophomores, Matt Campbell of South Carolina and Huston Street of
Texas, completed the shutout as the Americans lowered their team
ERA to 0.80.
Patterson hit a triple in the third inning and scored when
Pedroia hit a shot over the left-field wall against Mexico starter
Luis Sanchez Gutierrez for a 2-0 lead.
Team USA added two more runs in the fourth on Patterson's
two-out, bases-loaded infield single that scored Mike Nickeas and
Jeff Larish of Arizona State and Seth Smith of Mississippi each
had a sacrifice fly, and Clement hit a two-run double in the ninth