Aug. 9, 2006
Havana, Cuba - UCLA sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford went 3-for-3, collected four RBI and scored four runs to lead the U.S. Baseball National Team in a 16-0 rout of the Czech Republic on Wednesday afternoon at Latino Stadium.
Crawford had his best game this summer, starting at shortstop for the ninth time with the national team. The Pleasanton, Calif., native raised his batting average to .250 (8-for-32) and reached base four times - two singles, one double and one walk.
The U.S. National Team swept a day-night doubleheader to improve to 23-2-1 overall and 3-0 in the FISU World University Championships, while the Czech Republic fell to 0-3. Over the last three games played, the United States' club has outscored its opponents 34-0.
Team USA took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, with two of the runs coming via a double by Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez. Texas Tech's Roger Kieschnick led off the inning with an infield bunt single before stealing second base. Crawford followed with an infield single and also stole second before advancing home on a double by Alvarez two batters later.
Crawford came through in the fourth inning with a two-RBI single with the bases loaded. The sophomore shortstop advanced to second base on a throwing error and scored on a base hit to center field by Tennessee's Julio Borbon. Crawford also added a two-run double in the sixth inning, giving the United States a 9-0 cushion.
The U.S. National Team will play Mexico on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at Latino Stadium. Mexico has collected a 2-1 record in the tournament after defeating the Czechs, 7-5, on Wednesday morning.
For more updated results and stats on the 2006 National Team, visit www.usabaseball.com.