HAARLEM, The Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team defeated Japan, 6-3, on Sunday to win the championship game at the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium.
The Honkbal Week championship is the fourth in the history of the Collegiate National Team, having previously won the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008. It now holds an all-time record of 29-5 in the tournament.
“These guys are really proud to wear the USA baseball uniform and I am really excited that we were able to win here at Honkbal Week,” Team USA manager and Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “It was important for us to play well and I thought we played extremely hard today. For us to come back to win this tournament after losing the first game like we did, 1-0, was really something special.”
While Van Horn is at the helm of the squad, Arkansas junior-to-be Trey Killian has made three appearances this summer, posting a 1-1 record and 4.76 earned run average in 5.2 innings of work. He has tallied eight strikeouts, while opponents are hitting .208 against the right-hander.
Team USA posted a 7-1 mark at Haarlem-Honkbal Week and now have a summer record of 18-3-2. The Red, White and Blue close out the 2014 campaign by traveling to Cuba for a five-game series, July 23-27. The first two contests will take place at Victoria de Giron Stadium in Matanzas, while the last three games will be played in Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar Del Rio.
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