Cropley, Neustrom lead USA to win
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- USA Team broke a one-all tie with a two-run eighth inning before holding off Mexico for a 3-2 victory in its World University Games opener Sunday night at Tianmu Baseball Stadium.
USA was held without a hit through the first seven innings before breaking through in the eighth. Sophomore Ben Norman led off the inning, reaching on a hit by pitch before junior Robert Neustrom, a Sioux City North grad, ripped a single to right field to put runners on the corners with nobody out.
After Neustrom stole second, senior Tyler Cropley's sacrifice fly gave USA a 2-1 lead and freshman Brett McCleary followed with an RBI single to left field, making the score 3-1. Cropley starred at Bishop Heelan.
Junior Zach Daniels (1-0) pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit and fanning two to pick up the victory. Mexico's Umberto Pinl reached on double error issued to Daniels to start the ninth and scored on an RBI triple from Erik Ibarra.
Weather cuts short racing
JEFFERSON, S.D. | Officials from Park Jefferson Speedway began discussions with IMCA about possible ways to make up the three feature races to settle point champions. With three of the features completed IMCA deems the event a completed show.
"We want to see if the final features for the modifieds, stock cars, sport mods can run features at a later date," said track general manager Rod Olson.
With three of the features completed and feature money paid out, the track was past halfway and the event is deemed complete.
USD falls to Eastern Washington
CHENEY, Wash. | Lexi Klinkenberg dibbled in from the right side and scored in the 46th minute to give Eastern Washington the 1-0 victory over South Dakota here Sunday.
Eastern Washington dominated the ball with 20 shots to just one for the Coyotes. USD goalkeeper Coral Suarez made nine saves.
USD is now 0-2 on the season while Eastern Washington improved to 2-0.