Dores and Stripes

Vanderbilt duo lifts Team USA to wins against Cuba

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of Commodores helped the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team take four-of-five in the eighth-annual USA vs. Cuba International Series, which wrapped up with a 10-2 win by the Stars and Stripes on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin batted .273 (6-for-22) and make five starts in center field. The Jacksonville, Florida, native logged a hit in all five contests including reached base three times as part of a 2-for-4 performance in Team USA’s 18-hit onslaught in the finale.

Reliever Tyler Brown notched a two-inning save in the second game of the series. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out three to close out the 4-2 win. The Ashland, Ohio, product drew the loss last Friday, permitting four hits and three runs in 1.2 innings.

Vanderbilt has placed multiple players on Team USA four times and 19 overall since head coach Tim Corbin arrived in 2003. Other notable Commodores to compete for USA Baseball include current big leaguers Tyler Beede (2013), Walker Buehler (2014), Carson Fulmer (2014), Sonny Gray (2009-10), Mike Minor (2007-08), David Price (2005-06). Bryan Reynolds (2014) and Dansby Swanson (2014).

The collegiate team heads to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series. The squad opens the four-game set on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. CT from Taichung City Stadium. Team USA leads the all-time series 14-0-4 and has won 10 consecutive in the series.