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Hawks(Team USA) improves to 2-0 at World University Games

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 USA Team's offense scored 13 runs off 14 hits to cruise to a 13-3, seven-inning, run-rule victory over Russia on Tuesday night at New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium.  The win Ben Norman's RBI single in the seventh inning extended USA's lead to 10 runs and reliever Cole McDonald sat Russia down in order in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the run-rule victory.
 
A pair of Iowa pitchers limited Russia to three hits in the game.  Junior Sammy Lizzaraga (1-0) earned the victory, allowing three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings. He had seven strikeouts to one walk.  McDonald didn't allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings.
 
QUOTING USA TEAM HEAD COACH RICK HELLER
 
"It was a good night for us, we got the bats going. Early in the game, we had opportunities, but didn't get the two-out hit.  After the third inning, guys loosened up and we started barreling some balls up. The bats came to life and guys up and down the lineup started getting comfortable.  That was good to see."
 
"Sammy gave us exactly what we needed and pounded the strike zone.  He threw a lot of strikes and competed. Cole came in and got his feet wet and we got out of here in seven, which is a good thing with the quick turnaround."
 

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