U.S. 4, Nicaragua 2
ATLANTA (AP) _ Michael Tucker of Longwood College in Virginia drove in two runs and Georgia Tech’s Jason Varitek had an RBI single to lead the U.S. Olympic team to a 4-2 exhibition baseball victory over Nicaragua on Wednesday.
The U.S. squad is 5-1 in its 30-game pre-Olympic national tour. Their next game is Thursday night against Nicaragua in Indianapolis.
Tucker had an RBI single in the first inning and a run-scoring triple in the third. Varitek’s sixth-inning single drove in Georgia Tech teammate Nomar Garciaparra, who and stole second.
B.J. Wallace of Mississippi State started and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Willie Adams of Stanford allowed one run on four hits in three innings to pick up the victory and Tim Davis of Florida State got the save with one scoreless inning.
The game was played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before the Braves-Los Angeles Dodgers game and was limited to eight innings because of time.
Nicaragua starter Francisco Garcia was the loser. He allowed four hits and two runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Victor Avellan had an RBI groundout and Carlos Padilla a run-scoring single for the losers.