DURHAM, N.C. – Making just his second summer start for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, Houston right-hander Jake Lemoine was stellar in his international-competition debut when he tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two scattered hits and two walks to accompany his five strikeouts in the 0-0 draw against Chinese Taipei on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C.
After allowing a leadoff walk to open the game and a two-out single after a caught stealing, Lemoine settled in and struck out the final hitter of the first inning for his second of the three outs recorded.
Lemoine went on to retire the next 14 hitters he faced en route to a five-strikeout day before allowing a one-out single in the sixthinning. He was able to induce a popout for the second out of the inning, but a two-out walk followed - which eventually allowed Lemoine to hand over the ball to teammate Justin Garza (out of Cal State Fullerton) with two runners on and two outs. A walk loaded the bases, but Garza fanned the final hitter of thesixth, preserving the shutout gem by Lemoine.
Now in two summer appearances with the Collegiate National Team, Lemoine has fanned six in just 8.2 shutout innings of work for a 0.00ERA.
Due to the two teams playing a double-header on Saturday, there was no international tie-breaker to decide the first game as it ended in a 0-0 tie.
USA Baseball will continue its international-competition portion of its summer slate when plays Japan in a three-game Friendship series next week in three different venues in the state of North Carolina.
Team USA will then continue play, traveling to Haarlem, The Netherlands from July 11-20 and wrap up the summer with a stay from July 23-27 in Havana, Cuba.