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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Dirtbags Tulowitzki and Ramos Fuel Team USA Rout

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Team USA Tops Mexico In 10-0 Rout

Long Beach State shortstop powers US in the World University Championship

July 27, 2004

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan ( -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (So., Long Beach State, Sunnyvale, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI to lead the 2004 USA Baseball National Team to a 10-0 victory over Mexico Tuesday afternoon at Chengching Stadium. The game, which included a lengthy one-hour, 15-minute rain delay, ended after seven innings due to a 10-run tournament mercy rule.

The victory keeps Team USA undefeated in the FISU II World University Baseball Championship with a 4-0 record heading into Wednesday's off day. Team USA returns to action on Thursday (July 29) at 1 p.m. (1 a.m. EST) against Czech Republic.

Tulowitzki's Long Beach State teammate Cesar Ramos (So., Pico Rivera, Calif.) combined with starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (So., Wichita State, Wichita, Kan.) to give up only four hits in the shutout. Ramos picked up the win out of the bullpen with four scoreless frames. The left-hander improved to 3-2 after allowing just one hit and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA this summer out of the bullpen (9.0 IP). Pelfrey had a solid outing with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings before not returning after the lengthy rain delay in the top of the fourth inning.

Tulowitzki homered in his first two at-bats and added a two-run single as part of a five-run sixth inning. He added three runs scored and tied teammate Ryan Zimmerman (So., Virginia, Virginia Beach, Va.) for the team lead with four home runs. He tied the National Team single-game record (dating back to 1984) and he became the first since former Tulane first-round draft pick Michael Aubrey (July 9, 2002) to hit two homers in a game.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs (Fr., Texas, Atlanta, Texas) recorded his third straight multi-hit game going 2-for-3 and leadoff hitter Trevor Crowe (So., Arizona, Portland, Ore.) went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI. Designated hitter Brett Hayes (So., Nevada, Calabasas, Calif.) added two hits and his and his second double of the year.

Team USA took the early lead in the second inning with a towering home run down the left field line on Tulowitzki's first homer of the day. Crowe led off the third inning with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Stubbs to stake Team USA to the 2-0 lead.

Tulowitzki extended the lead to 4-0 with a two-run home run down the right field line in the fourth inning. Catcher Taylor Teagarden (So., Texas, Carrollton, Texas) led off the inning with a double and scored on the home run.

After the rain delay, Team USA added another run in the top of the sixth inning. After a two-out error by Mexican shortstop Roberto Bellazetin extended the inning, Crowe just missed a home run with a double off the left field fence to score John Mayberry Jr. (So., Stanford, Kansas City, Mo.).

The Red, White and Blue exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game away. Tulowitzki drove in a pair of runs with a single and Hayes plated a run with a double off the left field wall..."

posted on 7/27/2004 by Jeff Agnew

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