Squad claims second exhibition win
Pitchers combine on a three-hitter; offense logs 16 hits
Vanegas allowed just two hits while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander issued one walk. Buckel, also a right-hander, went the final 4 1/3 innings. He permitted just one hit while fanning five.
After collecting 14 hits in a 15-5 win against the same team just one day earlier, the 18U National Team's offense remained in high gear against three Pitt pitchers. Six of the team's 16 hits went for extra bases. Besides Coyle's four-hit day, Nick Castellanos and Cory Hahn each had three base hits.
Team USA recorded 12 hits in the opening four innings. The squad had four-hit at bats in both the first and third innings while roaring to a 6-0 lead. Bryce Harper drove in a run with a grounder in the second inning, then added an RBI infield single in a two-run eighth that capped Team USA's scoring.
Pitt's run in the sixth inning was unearned and came courtesy of a pair of Team USA fielding errors, a passed ball and a groundout. Nick Abrahamson had two of his team's three hits, including a double.
The victory was the second of a four-game exhibition slate during the 18U National Team's training period before the squad travels to compete in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. The eight-team international event, which serves as a qualifier for next year's IBAF World Junior Championships, begins this Friday and continues until Oct. 4.
Team USA continues exhibition action at 4 p.m. ET Monday in the opener a two-game road series against Louisburg Community College. The same two teams are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 18U National Team's final exhibition contest.