Saturday, November 17, 2007

USA, Cuba reach World Cup championship

Team UAS beat the Netherlands 5-0 in the IBF World Cup semifinals today and will face Cuba (of course) in Sunday's championship. Cuba downed Japan 5-3 in the other semifinal.

Russell County High's Colby Rasmus led off the first inning with a home run and scored twice. Matt Wright gave up four hits in six innings, while former Biscuit Justin Ruggiano capped a four-run eighth with a sacrifice fly.

Rasmus is 12-for-30 with seven walks and seven runs scored in eight World Cup games. He's hit five doubles and two homers.

Aroldis Chapman, 19, allowed three hits over eight innings and struck out 11 for the Cubans, who have won nine straight World Cup titles. The Americans beat the Cubans in Havana last year in an Olympic qualifying tournament.

The U.S. last won a World Cup in 1974.

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