USA Baseball Sweeps Chinese-Taipei

July 01, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 1, 2008

(CARY, N.C.) - The 2008 USA Baseball National team swept a six-game sries against the Chinese-Taipei National Team behind outstanding pitching under the direction of ODU Head Coach Jerry Meyers who is the pitching coach for the national squad. Team ERA for the six-game series was 1.24.

Team USA head coach Rob Walton, who serves as head coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., will guide the National Team through international competition in July that includes the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. The U.S. squad has won each of the last two FISU World Championships.

Old Dominion head coach Jerry Meyers serves as Walton's pitching coach for the 2008 National Team. Nino Giarratano (San Francisco) and Ritch Price (Kansas) are this year's assistant coaches.

Team USA edged Team Taiwan 4-3 in 12 innings in the first game of the series, which was played at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The U.S. squad edged Taiwan 4-2 in 11 innings in the series' second game, which was played at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

The series then shifted to Durham [N.C.] Bulls Athletic Park for the third, fourth and fifth games of the series, which Team USA won 4-2, 12-1 and 7-3, respectively. The U.S. team finished off the series sweep with a 5-3 victory Monday at Brooks Park, part of the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Meyers' pitching staff posted a 1.24 ERA during the six-game series, and none of the 12 pitchers used by Team USA had an ERA higher than 3.00. The staff tallied 74 strikeouts against only 16 walks in 58.0 innings and held Taiwan batters to a .155 batting average.

Team USA faces the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League, a summer wood bat league, Tuesday night at Brooks Field in Cary, N.C., as its final tune-up before heading to Europe Wednesday.

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### Contact: Larry Little (254) 709-5147, team USA.