The USA collegiate national team’s traveling road show made a stop at Capital City Stadium Thursday night.
The Columbia Blowfish hung tough in the early going before Team USA roared back for a 9-1 victory, highlighted by a two-run homer from Texas A&M’s Nick Banks in the fourth inning and a two-run double by Miami’s Zack Collins in the seventh inning
The collegiate national team, which is led by Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, improved to 6-0 against summer collegiate teams like the Blowfish.
Clemson catcher Chris Okey added an RBI double for Team USA in the eighth inning, and LSU’s Alex Bregman tallied three RBIs.
“We really didn’t start scoring runs until the middle of the game, and it was concerning,” Van Horn said. “We started to wear them down, and good things finally happened.”
Comprised of many of the nation’s best college baseball players, Team USA stopped here early in its summer tour before it plays Chinese Taipei and Japan in various North Carolina ballparks and then heads to The Netherlands and Cuba.
The Blowfish, a summer collegiate team in the Coastal Plain League, last welcomed Team USA in 2006 and 2008. They took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Tommy Mirabelli’s RBI groundout off Cal-State Fullerton’s Thomas Eschelman, but that was all they would get.
“The game got away from us a little bit late, but our kids had a good time tonight,” Blowfish manager Jonathan Johnson said. “They’re good players who have been working hard, and it was a good opportunity for them to play against the best in the nation.”