Sunday, September 13, 2009
USA Baseball: Luebke Nearly Perfect Against Canada
Cory Luebke strikes out 10, one-hits Canada, Sunday
REGGIO EMILIA, Italy - Cory Luebke took a no hitter into the eighth inning, striking out 10 batters in an 8-0 victory over Canada (3-1; 0-1) in Round 2, Group G action at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Luebke's one-hitter tied the USA Baseball World Cup individual record for least hits allowed in a game.
Team USA (3-1; 1-0) jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning with a Josh Kroeger RBI fielder's choice. Terry Tiffee followed with a two-run double to right and Jon Weber then placed a double down the left field line to score Tiffee and give the U.S. a four run lead.
Back-to-back RBI doubles over the right fielder's head by Tiffee and Weber extended the U.S. lead to six in the third inning. Weber later added his third RBI of the night with a single to centerfield in the fifth.
Pedro Alvarez hit a home run to deep right field in the seventh inning, capping the scoring for an 8-0, Team USA victory.
U.S. starter Luebke (1-0) was nearly perfect, yeilding only a walk and hitting a batter before surrendering his only hit of the night when Canada's Chris Robinson lined a single to center with two outs in the eighth. Luebke received the win in his first 2009 World Cup appearance. Geno Espinelli finished the game off for the U.S., striking out one in 1.1 innings.
Tiffee and Weber both finished the game, going 3-4 with three RBI each.
The U.S. will face Netherlands Antilles (2-2; 0-1), Monday, September 14 at 8 PM (2 PM ET) at Stadio Gavagnin in Verona, Italy. Kasey Kiker is scheduled to take the mound for the red, white and blue.
The game lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Cory Luebke tied the USA Baseball World Cup record for least amount of hits in a single game, tonight, against Canada (1). Luebke holds a piece of the record with Hank Woodman (2003), Jon Cannon (2003), and Jason Phillips (2001).
Jon Weber's double in the third inning was his 50th double of the season between the AAA Durham Bulls and the Team USA World Cup Team.