Jul 12

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (13-3) has wrapped up its six-game tour of Japan and took two-of-five games from the Japan National Team. The Red, White and Blue played three games at Bocchan Stadium in Matsuyama, and one each at Zoom-Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima and Kiyohara Stadium in Utsunomiya, and the finale at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. 

Team USA won their first two games in Japan, including an 11-0 win over the Shikoku College Baseball League All-Stars and a series-opening victory over the Japan National Team, 6-3.

Sun Devil closer Ryan Burr threw scoreless ninth in the series opening win, striking out the side en route to his fourth save of the summer.

Japan then took the next two against USA, 4-0 and 5-2, respectively, before the Red, White and Blue evened the series at two games apiece with an 8-2 win in Utsunomiya.

With the series tied and bragging rights on the line, Japan used a two-run fourth inning to break open a 3-3 tie and win the decisive fifth game of the 39th USA-Japan International Collegiate Friendly Series.  

Burr also tossed a scoreless eighth inning in that game, facing the minimum three batters and striking out one.  

Through 16 games, Burr has racked up four saves in five appearances, and has not allowed a hit nor a run in five innings. He has also struck out 11 and walked just four.


The Red, White and Blue, with ASU head coach Tim Esmay serving as the hitting coach, have recorded a team .307 batting average, a .399 slugging percentage anda .397 on-base percentage. They have 37 extra-base hits, including 29 doubles, four triples and four home runs, and have racked up 103 hits and 83 RBI.

For ASU fans in Illinois, the National Team will play two games at Judson University in Elgin, Ill., on July 15 and 16. The first contest is against the Crystal Lake Cardinals and the second game is against the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League of Illinois All-Stars.

The Red, White and Blue wraps up its summer schedule with a five-game series against the Cuba National Team from July 18-23. The first game on July 18 is at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by a pair at Werner Field in Omaha, Neb., and the final two in North Carolina, at the National Training Complex in Cary and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, respectively.  

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