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U.S. Begins Tournament With Shutout

July 19, 2002

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HAARLEM, Netherlands (AP) _ Kyle Sleeth, a sophomore from Wake Forest, threw a two-hitter Friday night and the United States opened Haarlem Baseball Week with a 2-0 victory over Chinese Taipei.

Georgia Tech freshman Eric Patterson went 3-for-4 and helped generate both runs for the U.S. national team, while sophomores Michael Aubrey of Tulane and Sam Fuld of Stanford each had two hits.

Sleeth struck out nine in his second complete game and fifth victory in five outings for the national team this summer.

He allowed just one runner to reach third base in the entire game.

Patterson singled with one out in the fifth and stole second. After a walk, he advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored when Fuld beat out a bunt down the third-base line for a hit.

Team USA added a run in the ninth when Southern University sophomore Rickie Weeks and Patterson led off with consecutive singles. They were moved into scoring position with a sacrifice, and Weeks scored on a groundout by LSU sophomore Aaron Hill.

The U.S. national team will play South Africa on Sunday in the six-country tournament.

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