The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team featuring Asheville Christian Academy alum Bailey Clark dealt Cuba its first-ever no-hit loss in international play Wednesday night in Cary.
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CARY, N.C. — Tanner Houck (Missouri), A.J. Puk (Florida) and Ryan Hendrix (Texas A&M) combined to hand the Cuban National Team its first ever no-hitter in international play, allowing only a walk and error, in a 2-0 win for the USA Collegiate National Team, on a perfect Wednesday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
For the third time in USA Baseball Collegiate National Team history, the Americans posted a no-hitter. It marked Team USA’s first no-hitter since Carson Fulmer, Tyler Jay, Dillon Tate and Ryan Burr combined to no-hit the Netherlands in 2014. Team USA also no-hit Korea in 2010, a combined effort from Sonny Gray, Kyle Winkler and Noe Ramirez, for the first no-hitter in National Training Complex history.
“They pitched tremendously,” Team USA manager Ed Blankmeyer (St. John’s) said. “They located well, they were confident and we defended well. I was bowled over when I talked to the Cuban press and they told me that was the first time Cuba had ever been no-hit in international play. That is pretty special. And that was pretty dominant, there were no close ones. Maybe two balls were really hit hard the entire game. We showed something very special tonight.”
Clark is a rising junior at Duke and right-handed pitcher for USA Baseball’s 26-man roster. The 2013 ACA graduate did not pitch Wednesday as Clark threw 2.2 innings on Monday against Chinese Taipei.
The USA-Cuba series is a five-game set that will follow this schedule through the Independence Day weekend:
USA vs. Cuba Series Schedule
Thursday, July 2 | Durham Bulls Athletic Park | Durham, N.C. | 7:05 p.m.
Friday, July 3 | Durham Bulls Athletic Park | Durham, N.C. | 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 | BB&T Ballpark | Charlotte, N.C. | 6:05 p.m.
Monday, July 6 | National Training Complex | Cary, N.C. | 7 p.m.