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FOREST CITY, N.C. - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team used a mammoth two-run home run by Kris Bryant to grab a 6-1 lead over the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League before the skies at McNair Field opened up in the top of the fifth inning, forcing the contest to be canceled.
Because the game was called prior to the completion of five full innings, it will not count in the team's official record.
Prior to the sudden lightning, heavy rains and strong winds, Team USA jumped on Forest City for three runs in the top of the first inning as Michael Conforto (Oregon State) and Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) came through with back-to-back two-out RBI singles before an error allowed another run to cross the plate.
The Owls responded with a solo home run from Gunner Heidt on the first pitch of the home half of the frame, but the Red, White and Blue got it right back in the top of the second when D.J. Peterson (New Mexico) lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Team USA added two more to its tally in the fifth when Bryant launched the first pitch of his third at-bat into orbit, crushing a two-run home run well over the 25-foot wall in left. Less than five minutes later, Mother Nature came out in full force, prompting the game to be halted.
The Collegiate National Team will return to Cary, N.C., to resume the Prospect Classic with the third game between the Stars and Stripes set to be held at 7:05 p.m. on Monday at the National Training Complex. Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) is slated to start with Adam Plutko (UCLA) and Jonathon Crawford scheduled to work in relief.