UCLA rising junior right-hander Gerrit Cole allowed one run (unearned) and two hits through four pre-determined innings to earn his second victory in as many starts this summer, leading the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team past Chinese Taipei, 6-3, at Hsinchuang Field on Tuesday.
Cole (2-0) struck out four batters and issued two walks in this third appearance – his second start – of the summer. He improved his career record to 6-0 with Team USA. The right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., has logged a 0.75 ERA, totaling 13 strikeouts and two walks in 12.0 innings for the Collegiate National Team in 2010.
In Team USA’s 6-3 win over Chinese Taipei, catcher Pete O’Brien (Bethune Cookman) belted his fourth home run of the summer and drove in two runs, going 2-for-4 with one run. O’Brien’s fielder’s choice RBI in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie, as Team USA led the rest of the way.