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Sunday, July 20, 2003
Team USA has third shutout in three nights

Associated Press

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 Clement.

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 inning.