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CARY, N.C. — A 10th-inning played under international tiebreaker rules wasn’t enough to decide Tuesday’s series-opening contest between the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Chinese Taipei as the two squads tied 5-5 at Coleman Field at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
“That was a really good game against a solid team,” Team USA manager Dave Van Horn (Arkansas) said. “Chinese Taipei does a really good job offensively of making contact and putting pressure on you. They took advantage of walks and when they got a chance to score, they scored. I think this will be a great series. They have a good mix of players with right and left-handed hitters and speed and their pitchers come at you from all different angles. They are a solid team that will make us beat them, they won’t give us much.”
“We have to do a better job of making contact, advancing runners and doing the little things though. That’s probably the most frustrating thing. We left a lot of runners on base and just by making contact and doing the little things we probably could have built up a pretty good lead.”
Both teams scored one run in the extra frame after playing the first nine innings to a 4-4 deadlock. Chinese Taipei (0-0-1) plated its run on a bases-loaded walk while the U.S. (6-1-1) got a game-tying RBI single from DJ Stewart (Florida State).
Series Continues this Weekend
The two squads play in Shelby and Charlotte, then return to the Triangle on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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