Verlander & USA Baseball Advance to Gold Medal Game With 3-2 win over Mexico

August 11, 2003
By ODU Athletics

Aug. 11, 2003

SANTO DOMINGO, DR-- Paul Janish's (Rice) one-out RBI sacrifice fly broke a 2-2 tie in the 14th inning and Huston Street (Texas worked eight and 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win as the USA Baseball National Team advanced to play for the gold medal at the 2003 Pan Am games with a 3-2 win against Mexico. Team USA is now 27-1 this summer, and 5-1 at the Pan Am Games.

ODU's Justin Verlander worked the first two and 2/3 innings allowing four hits one run, one walk and one strikeout. Mark Romanczuk (Stanford) also pitched two and 2/3 innings.

Street allowed just three hits in the outing, struck out seven, walked two, both intentionally. The win for Street was his first of the summer. Street, who leads Team USA in appearances with 14, has not allowed a run in 29 innings pitched this summer, and leads the team with seven saves.

With the game tied at two in the 14th, Seth Smith (Mississippi) singled with one out and advanced to third on a double from designated hitter Stephen Head (Mississippi). Brent Lillilbridge (Washington) was intentionally walked to lead the bases bringing Janish to the plate. Janish hit the first pitch from Mexico reliever Francisco Campos into left field and Smith was able to tag and just beat the throw in from leftfield to put Team USA ahead by a run.

Huston Street then retired the side in the bottom half of the 14th with two strikeouts and a ground out to seal the victory. USA will face the winner of the Nicaragua-Cuba game on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.

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