National Team Hammers Italy 15-0

USA vs. Italy Friendship Series concludes Wednesday at Pawtucket, R.I.

July 27, 2005

Courtesy USA Baseball


BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A six-run first inning set the tone offensively, and David Price (Vanderbilt, Fr., Murfreesboro, Tenn.) carried a no-hitter into the sixth as the USA Baseball National Team dominated Italy in a 15-0 victory Tuesday night at Keyspan Park. Team USA has now won 13 consecutive against Italy after winning each of the first four meetings in this five-game series.


Price (1-0) struck out 11 and walked three in 7.0 innings of work. He did not allow a hit until David Dallospedale's single through the left side with two outs in the sixth. After walking the next batter, Price recovered to retire the next four batters he faced, three by strikeout. Price is the second Team USA pitcher this season to pitch at least five no-hit innings in a start; Ian Kennedy (Southern California, So., Huntington Beach, Calif.) tossed seven no-hit innings two weeks ago against Chinese Taipei.


Meanwhile, the Team USA bats pounded a season-high 15 hits, reaching double figures in the hits column for the fifth consecutive game and the sixth time in their last seven games. J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee, Fr., Miami, Fla.) and Shane Robinson (Florida State, So., Tampa, Fla.) collected three hits each to lead the way. Adam Davis (Florida, So., Fort Myers, Fla.) and Wes Hodges (Georgia Tech, So., Ooltewah, Tenn.) both had two-hit games.


Team USA, the visitor on the scoreboard, tallied six singles, one hit batter and a walk with one strikeout through the game's first nine batters. Sean Doolittle (Virginia, Fr., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Robinson both had two-run singles in the inning.


The national team added three more runs on two hits and an Italy error in the third. Four hits and two Italy errors led to another four runs in the sixth, and Matt Wieters (Georgia Tech, Fr., Goose Creek, S.C.) capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the seventh.


Arencibia finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Robinson was 3-for-4 with a run, a triple and four RBI.


Italy starter Anthony Billisi did not escape the first inning, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk with one strikeout in just one-third of an inning.


The USA vs. Italy Friendship Series concludes Wednesday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. Southpaw Joe Savery (Rice, Fr., Bellaire, Texas) is expected to start the series' finale, which is slated for a 7 p.m. EDT first pitch.




USA (9-4)               603   004   200   -   15   15    0

Italy                   000   000   000   -      0     2    4


WP - Price (1-0). LP - Billisi. Sv - None. T - 2:55.

Billisi, Patrone (1), Salsi (6), De Roma (7), Rollandini (9) and Malagoli, Gorrin (7); Price, Gunderson (8), Melancon (9) and Jeroloman.

2B - A. Davis (5), Hodges (3), Jeroloman (1). 3B - Robinson (1). HR - Wieters (3).


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