TEAM USA: Lemoine Earns Another Win
July 18, 2014
HAARLEM, The Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, led by Houston right-hander starting pitcher Jake Lemoine, posted yet another shutout, its fifth in the last seven games, as it cruised past Chinese Taipei, 3-0, in the final game of the double round-robin portion of Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium on Friday.
Lemoine returned to the bump for his third summer start and was stellar once again. He led Team USA to the shutout when he produced 5.0-shutout frames, allowing just three hits, two walks with six strikeouts for the win.
His performance was the seventh consecutive effort of 5.0-plus shutout innings by a U.S. starter, including all six games at Honkbal Week.
“We just continue to get outstanding starting pitching and [Jake] Lemoine kept that going today. Even though we made a couple of errors, it was one of the better defensive games we have played as well. Our middle infielders made a number of big-time plays, turned some double plays and did some things that shortened innings for us. The intensity was a little down in the dugout today and we were just a touch flat, so we need to pick that up again with a big game coming up tomorrow,” Team USA manager Dave Van Horn (Arkansas) said.
On the summer, Lemoine is 2-1 with a 0.54 ERA and has fanned 12 in 16.2 innings. In his 13.2 innings as a starter, he has yet to allow a run and has struck out 11 in his last two starts.
With the win Team USA improves to 16-3-2 overall this summer, including a 5-1 record at Honkbal Week. It will advance to the sudden-death playoff rounds as the number-one seed and will play Chinese Taipei again on Saturday in the semifinals at 2 p.m. (7 a.m. CT).
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