Former Asheville Christian Academy pitcher Bailey Clark made two scoreless relief appearances for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in a five-game series with Cuba that ended Monday night in Cary.
The U.S. won the series, three games to two.
Clark, who is a rising junior at Duke, came out of the bullpen in two American losses – Friday’s 5-1 game in Durham and Monday’s 4-1 game in Cary. Cuba had a runner on third base with one out in the eighth inning Monday, but couldn’t score off of Clark.
The 2013 ACA graduate was the Sunday starter for Duke (31-22) this past season. Clark (4-5) started 13 games for the Blue Devils and had a 2.95 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58 innings. He limited batters to a .242 average.
Clark was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week in late February after throwing eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against Iona. He also pitched a four-hit win over nationally-ranked North Carolina.
The U.S. plays Canada on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The game will be held inside the national training team complex in Cary.