TOKYO - UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will start for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team against Cuba in the gold medal game of the V FISU World University Baseball Championships on Saturday, Aug. 7.
First pitch at Meiji Jingu Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time in Japan - 2 a.m. (PT) in Los Angeles.
Team USA enters the gold medal game against Cuba sporting a 16-2 record and currently rides a seven-game winning streak after defeating host Japan in semifinal action on Thursday night. Cuba will enter Saturday's contest on the heels of an 11-0 victory over Korea in semifinal action. The Cubans have scored in double-digits in all five games of the World Championships, outscoring the opposition by a 70-8 margin.
Cole has gone 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four games (three starts) for Team USA this summer. The native of Santa Ana, Calif., has registered 21 strikeouts and three walks in 18.0 innings during his second stint with the USA Collegiate National Team. Cole pitched for Team USA as a rising sophomore in 2009.
The Cuban National Team will send Ismel Jimenez to the mound on Saturday. Jimenez has logged an 18.00 ERA in two innings of work at the World Championships.
Team USA has won the last three FISU World University Baseball Championships and is seeking its fourth consecutive gold medal.