Verlander Pitches Team USA to Victory over Japan, 3-0

July 05, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 5, 2003

MYRTLE BEACH, SC. -- Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) worked six and 2/3 innings and Houston Street (Texas) earned his second save of the summer as the U.S. National Team (4-0) defeated Japan, 3-0 on Independence Day.

Verlander, a first team all-CAA selection allowed no runs on three hits and struck out five hitters to improve to 2-0 this summer with Team USA. Through two games, Verlander has a 0.71 earned run aveage with 15 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

Team USA has now won three games and will face Japan again on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Coastal Federal Field.

USA broke a scoreless tied in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a two-out double by Danny Putnam (Stanford). Brent Lillibridge knocked a RBI single to centerfield to score putnam. Lillibridge's single was misplayed by Japan centerfielder Koji Nakamura allowing Lillibridge to round the bases, and score to give USA at 2-0 lead. USA increased the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning as a sacrifice fly from Eric Patterson (Georgia Tech) scored Seth Smith (Mississippi), who led the inning off with a double.

With that win vs. Japan, the USA has kept alice an undefeated streak of winning the USA-Japan series on US soil. The USA is now 17-0 on home soil vs. Japan.

Andrew Kitick
USA Baseball