College Game: Americans Win 9-4

Americans Earn 9-4 Victory Over Nationals In College Classic

 

The first-ever College Select Game provided a welcome addition during the 12th annual POWER SHOWCASE event held at Miami Marlins Park. This rare opportunity to compete on an MLB field brought out the best in the college players, resulting in the Americans earning a 9-4 victory over the Nationals.

 

Texas’ Jordan Trahan took home MVP honors, going 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run to lead an offense that got balanced production throughout the order. Trahan helped get the Americans on the scoreboard with all the runs they needed in the bottom of the second inning. Justin Kelly was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and Trahan followed by lacing a shot to the right field wall for a standup double that allowed Kelly to score all the way from first base. A passed ball later brought Trahan home for a 2-0 advantage.

 

Pitching set the tone for both sides, as neither offense managed to string very much together against the tough arms they faced. Troy Turzi got things going by making the start for the Americans, allowing one hit over four scoreless innings while striking out eight.

 

The Americans added on to their lead in the bottom of the third. Travis MacFarland walked and Jack Barry reached on an error that allowed MacFarland to score. Two batters later, Termont Johnson ripped an RBI single past second base to drive in Barry for a 4-0 lead. Kelly singled and later scored on a passed ball in the fourth and MacFarland doubled to shallow left and scored on another RBI single from Johnson as the Americans opened up a 6-0 advantage.

 

The Nationals ended the scoring drought and cut the deficit in half with a big seventh. Nolen Milton led off with a double to left, and he then quickly scored when Adrian Celata drove a shot deep to left field and raced all the way around the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run. Matt McCourt kept the inning alive with a two-out double to left and he also scored thanks to an RBI single from World Champion Taylor Fajardo.

 

Another run in the tenth inched the Nationals inched even closer. Celata walked and scored when Sam Claycamp reached on an error.

 

The Americans pulled away with a few more insurance runs. Kelly reached on an error and scored off an RBI single from Steven Gallagher, who in turn scored on the strength of an RBI single from Michael Dziczkowski in the tenth. Brock Hammit then doubled to left and crossed the plate off an RBI double from Dalton Bealmer in the eleventh inning to close out the scoring.

 

Written by: Rick Duteau

 

Box Score:

 

Nationals

 

(Batting)

 

Gutierrez 0-2, ROE

Reis 0-3, HBP, 2K

Sengara 0-3, BB, K

Garcia 1-3, 2B, 2K

Gilmore 0-2, BB, 2K

Mahon 0-3, ROE

  1. Johnson 0-2, BB, K

Milton 1-3, 2B, R

Celata 1-2, HR, 2RBI, 2R, BB, ROE

Claycamp 0-3, ROE, 2K

McCourt 1-2, 2B, R, BB

McFadden 0-3, 2K

Fajardo 1-3, RBI, 2K

Conner 1-3, 2K

Delaney 0-3, 2K

Clark 2-3

Lopez 1-2, K

 

(Pitching)

 

Collett 3 IP, 4R, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, HBP, 5K

Gilmore 3 IP, 2R, 2ER, 3H, 2BB, HBP, 4K

Hughes 3 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1HBP, 3K

Graffeo 2 IP, 3R, 1ER, 3H, 1K

 

Nationals

 

(Batting)

 

  1. Johnson 2-3, 2RBI, BB, 2 SB, CS

Kumar 0-2, HBP, 2K

Dettman 0-4, 3K

Kelly 1-3, 3R, ROE, HBP

Trahan 1-4, 2B, RBI, R

Gallagher 1-2, RBI, R, 2BB, K, CS

Dziczkowski 1-3, RBI, ROE, BB, K

Salvey 1-4, K

Tatoian 0-2

Welsh 0-2, BB, 2K

Phillips 0-2, HBP, K

Hammit 1-4, 2B, R, K

Bealmer 1-3, 2B, RBI, K

MacFarland 0-3, 2R, BB, K

Barry 0-3, FC, ROE, R, K

 

(Pitching)

 

Turzi 4 IP, 0R, 1H, 8K

Martinez 3 IP, 3R, 3ER, 5H, 1BB, 3K

Boyum 2 IP, 0R, 2H, HBP, 3K

Mederos 2 IP, 1R, 0ER, 0H, 3BB, 4K

Housey 1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K

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