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Gold rush! Pomeranz gem sparks USA to Classic title

Posted by on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM

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Start up that classic '70s song from "Queen."

USA Baseball's National Team has won the World Baseball Challenge.

Drew Pomeranz (pictured) of Ole Miss took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, helping his team avenge an earlier defeat in an 8-1 pounding of Germany in the championship game in Prince George, B.C.

After the Germans scratched out a run in the first, the USA dominated the rest of the way.

Blake Forsythe of Tennessee tied the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI single. Then in the third, Rice's Rick Hague added an RBI single and Texas-Arlington's Michael Choice a solo homer over the left field fence.

The lead went to 6-1 in the fourth on a two-run double from Florida State's Tyler Holt. Then in the eighth, Miami's Yasmani Grandal and Middle Tennessee's Bryce Brentz added solo homers.

Choice, Grandal, Pomeranz and UCLA's Gerrit Cole were named to the all-tournament team.  Choice earned the home-run hitting award with three while Hague took the best hitter award with a .474 average.

Team USA finished its season with a 19-5 record, with all five losses to teams from Eurasia.

The next over-18 USA team to play before the public will be the professional World Cup team, which will take on Canada for a three-game series in Cary beginning Sept. 3.

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