REGENSBURG, Germany -- Trevor Reckling struck out 11 batters and Terry Tiffee and Josh Kroeger both homered as Team USA (2-1) beat China (0-3) 8-0 in its Round 1, Pool E finale at
Arwin-Wolf Baseball Stadium in Regensburg, Germany. Reckling's 11 strikeouts were a World Cup record for a Team USA pitcher.
Tiffee put Team USA on the board in the first inning with a two-run shot to right field to lead 2-0 early. Both teams exchanged outs until the eighth inning before the U.S. added six runs to its lead.
Daniel Descalso and Tiffee hit back-to-back RBI singles to put the U.S. up 5-0. Josh Kroeger then slammed a three-run homer into the right field bleachers as Team USA capped its scoring
for an 8-0 victory.
U.S. starter Reckling (1-0) pitched seven complete innings, allowing three hits and striking out 11 batters for the win. Ehren Wassermann and Cedrick Bowers struck out one batter each in the eighth inning and B.J. Rosenberg closed out the game, striking out the side in the ninth.
In addition to Reckling's record strikeout performance, U.S. pitchers Wassermann, Bowers and Rosenberg joined him to collectively break the USA Baseball World Cup record for strikeouts in a game with 16.
Team USA finished Pool E with a 2-1 record and will head to either Italy or the Netherlands for Round 2 of the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup. Round 2 coverage will begin Sunday, September 13, 2009.
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