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07-06-2012, 06:32 PM

Gonzales On Mound As USA Baseball Faces Cuba In Havana

HAVANA, Cuba - Gonzaga University junior-to-be Marco Gonzales is one of the final 22 players selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, and will get the start in Friday's (tonight's) game against Cuba in the second game of a five-game set at Latin American Stadium.

USA opened the series with a 4-3 victory Thursday. Following the Cuba series the squad will head to Haarlem, The Netherlands, July 14-22 for Honkbal-Haarlem Week. Honkbal is Dutch for baseball. In addition to Team USA, Cuba, Japan, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei will also participate in the tournament.

The 2012 version of Team USA is currently 5-0 following Thursday's victory with wins over the Fayetteville Swampdogs, Wilmington Sharks and Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League and the Catawba Stars of the Virginia Collegiate League.

Gonzales is hitting .429 through five games, going 6-for-14 with a double and three RBI. On the mound he pitched 1.1 innings of relief with three strikeouts to get the victory in a 6-1 win over the Marlins in his only appearance.

University of Tennessee coach Dave Serrano will serve as the manager of Team USA and will be assisted by George Horton (Oregon), Jason Gill (Loyola Marymount) and Andy Stankiewicz (Grand Canyon).

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster is as follows:

David Berg, Fr., RHP, UCLA
Kris Bryant, So., IF, San Diego
Dan Child, So., RHP, Oregon State
Michael Conforto, Fr., IF/OF, Oregon State
Austin Cousino, Fr., OF, Kentucky
Jonathon Crawford, So., RHP, Florida
Kyle Farmer, So., IF, Georgia
Johnny Field, So., IF/OF, Arizona
Adam Frazier, So., IF, Mississippi State
Marco Gonzales, So., LHP/IF, Gonzaga
Brett Hambright, Sr., C, Oregon
Jordan Hankins, So., IF, Austin Peay
Michael Lorenzen, So., OF, Cal State Fullerton
D.J. Peterson, So., IF, New Mexico
Colton Plaia, Jr., C, Loyola Marymount
Adam Plutko, So., RHP, UCLA
Jake Reed, Fr., RHP, Oregon
Carlos Rodon, Fr., LHP/IF, North Carolina State
Ryne Stanek, So., RHP, Arkansas
Trea Turner, Fr., IF, North Carolina State
Bobby Wahl, So., RHP, Mississippi
Trevor Williams, So., RHP, Arizona State

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205500925)

07-06-2012, 06:50 PM
Through 5 innings, the USA leads Cuba 5-2.

07-06-2012, 07:44 PM
Now in the top of the 8th, USA leads 6-5.

07-06-2012, 08:12 PM
Cuba scores twice more in the eighth inning to take a 7-6 lead and then holds on for the win.

The series between the USA & Cuba is now tied at one game a piece.

There are 3 more games scheduled with Cuba in Havana in this series on July 7th, 8th and 9th.

07-06-2012, 10:21 PM
Gonzales Gets No Decision As USA Baseball Falls 7-6 In Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba - Gonzaga University left-hander Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning in his first pitching start for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, but Cuba rallied late for a 7-6 victory Friday in an international series that resumed for the first time in 16 years.

Gonzales, a junior-to-be this fall for the Bulldogs, allowed five hits, five runs - all earned, walked three and fanned seven. He left the game after facing three batters in the top of the seventh (Cuba was the designated visiting team).

The recipient of several post-season All-America honors for his two-way play as first baseman and pitcher and the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gonzales was touched for three solo home runs, equaling the number of homers he allowed in 92.2 innings this past spring for the Bulldogs. Alfredo Despaigne homered in the second inning, Rusney Castillo homered in the third inning and Jose Abreu homered leading off the seventh inning.

Following the Abreu homer, Gonzales walked Frederich Cepeda and Alexei Bell doubled to left field, advancing Cepeda to third and chasing Gonzales.

Reliever Trevor Williams came on and was touched for a base hit and a sacrifice fly to cap the 3-run inning to draw Cuba to within 6-5, all runs in the inning charged to Gonzales.

In the Cuba eighth, a one-out walk and the lone USA error of the night put runners on first and second. A groundout advanced the runners to second and third, and an intentional walk loaded the bases. William Luis delivered a two-out, two-run single to right to give Cuba the 7-6 lead and saddle Williams with the loss in relief.

Cuba committed its fourth error of the night with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a pair of strikeouts ended the game and handed USA its first loss in six outings, including Thursday's 4-3 win in the opener of the five-game series at Cuba. The series continues nightly thru Monday.

With the exception of tournament play, the two countries have not competed consistently in a home-and-away series at the collegiate level in 16 years. In 1996, Cuba won a five-game series against the United States, 3-2, as part of a tour played in Minor League ballparks across four southern U.S. states. USA Baseball last sent a collegiate team to Cuba as part of the series in 1993, where it won one of three games in Sancti Spiritus.

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07-07-2012, 11:04 AM
Cuba rallies to even series, 7-6
Krys Bryant goes 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple

HAVANA - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team took a four-run lead into the seventh inning but Cuba rallied with five runs over the next two frames to claim a 7-6 win and even the series on Friday evening at Latin American Stadium.

"Tonight was another great game between two of the best teams in international baseball," Collegiate National Team manager Dave Serrano said. "I thought Marco (Gonzales) pitched an outstanding game and we got our bats going a little bit, but just couldn't quite hold on at the end. Cuba is a very talented team with a lot of experience and unfortunately they finished with one more run than we had tonight."

After Team USA emerged with a one-run win in the series opener, Cuba turned the tables in the second game. With the U.S. leading 6-2, Cuba scored three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to take its first lead in the series and then handed the ball over to closer Pablo Millan Fernandez who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) started the game on the mound for Team USA and hurled 6.0 strong innings with seven strikeouts, while Kris Bryant (San Diego) led the effort at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance, including two doubles and a triple.

Three other U.S. players - D.J. Peterson (New Mexico), Michael Conforto (Oregon State) and Johnny Field (Arizona) - hit home runs in the contest. For Conforto, it was his second in two games as he launched a grand slam to account for all of Team USA's runs in Thursday night's victory.

The home team on Friday, Team USA got the ball rolling in its favor right out of the gate as Peterson crushed a 2-0 offering from Cuba starting pitcher Ismel Jimenez deep into the leftfield stands to give his team a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Altough Cuba answered with solo home runs off the bats of Alfredo Despaigne and Rusney Castillo to tie the game, the U.S. jumped right back out in front.

Conforto and Field went deep just two batters apart in the third and then the Red, White and Blue scored on an error by Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena in the fifth and got an RBI single from Field on a perfectly executed hit-and-run in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.

That would be the last time a Team USA player would cross the plate on Friday, however, as Cuba rallied to turn its deficit into a one-run victory.

Jose Abreu got the comeback started with a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh before an RBI groundout by Arruebarruena and a sacrifice fly by Rusney Castillo. Just one inning later, Cuba took its first lead of the series when William Luis stroked a bases-loaded single to center, bringing in two more runs, including the eventual game-winner.

The third contest between the United States and Cuba is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. once again on Saturday night. Righthander Adam Plutko (UCLA) will make the start for Team USA.

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