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Monday, July 26, 1999
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Volume 64, Issue 159

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UH sophomore pitcher Kyle Crowell fired five complete shutout innings and received a wealth of offensive support to earn his first win as a member of the United States National Baseball Team on Saturday night in an international game held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Crowell scattered six hits, struck out six and did not allow a walk to claim his first win as member of Team USA in its summer tour of international competition.


Kyle Crowell, last year's outstanding Cougar sophomore pitcher, earned his first win with Team USA after pitching five complete innings.

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He and University of Arizona true freshman Ben Diggins combined for a shutout as Team USA coasted to an easy 17-0 win over the national team of Mexico in front of over 5,200 fans at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines. The game was shortened to seven innings due to the one-sided score.

Crowell, who as a Cougar was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, improved to 1-0 in making his second start for the national team. The six strikeouts were the most he has recorded this summer.

Crowell was aided by two terrific defensive plays. Tyrell Godwin from North Carolina robbed Rene Solis of a hit in the first inning with a diving catch in shallow center field. 

In the top of the fourth, Manny Crespo of Miami made a diving catch at second base and turned a double-play to get the Americans out of a bases-loaded jam.

Offensively, John Gall of Stanford had a career night with two home runs, a single, double and seven RBI. Team USA concludes its tour of the Midwest tonight.
 

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