Verlander Pitches Shutout Over Mexico For Team USA
July 19, 2003
DURHAM, NC-- Old Dominion University righthander Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) threw seven shutout innings to help lead team USA to a 8-0 victory over Mexico Friday night. Verlander is now 4-0 this summer, while Team USA is now 14-0.
The rising junior allowed just four hits, two walks and was clocked at 93 mph in the late innings. Through four games this summer Verlander has now given up one earned run and 12 hits in 27 plus innings. His earned run average is 0.44.
Verlander was cruising until the top of the sixth, when Mexico put runners on first and second with one out. Verlander then got out of the jam by turning a doubleplay on a comebacker from Carlos Sosa.
Eric Patterson extended is hitting streak to nine games for team USA, driving in four runs on the evening, which includes a two-run homer. Jeff Clement also homered for team USA. The Americans pounded out 14 hits, the largest total this summer.
Friday night's game was played in front of 6,015 fans at Durham Bulls Park, the largest crowd to see Team USA Play this summer. Baltomore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr spent time with the team and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Team USA has thrown seven shutouts thus far this season, tying the record set by the 1989 team. The USA has beaten Mexico 36 of the last 37 meetings since 1999.
Team USA and Mexico continue the Friendship Series on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 919-956-2855 or www.usabaseball.com.