July 17, 2012
HAARLEM, The Netherlands - NC State's Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon have powered the U.S. Collegiate National team to three-straight wins at Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week.
The national team faces three more games over the next three days before the semifinals on July 20 and medal games July 21 and 22.
Turner claimed MVP honors in USA's most recent game, a 5-2 win over Cuba on July 15, by going 3-for-4 with two runs, the game-winning RBI on one of his two doubles, a stolen base, and a walk.
The MVP distinction meant Turner had the chance to take part in a Dutch tradition of signing a few baseballs and tossing them into the stands after the game.
Rodon picked up the win that same night over two innings of relief, holding Cuba hitless, walking one, and striking out one.
USA opened its trip with a 3-0 exhibition win over The Netherlands. Turner went 1-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases, scoring in the first inning by swiping home on a wild pitch.
Turner scored in the first inning again two days later in USA's victory over Japan. The rising sophomore drew three walks, scored twice, and stole two bases in an 0-1 evening to help the national team to a 4-1 win.
On Tuesday, USA battles Puerto Rico in a matchup between the final two undefeated teams in the tournament. The game begins at 2 p.m.
Wednesday features a game against Chinese Taipei at 2 p.m., and Thursday pits USA against The Netherlands at 7 p.m.
The semifinals of Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week take place Friday, July 20. Medal games get underway this weekend, beginning July 21 and concluding on July 22.
Live stats for Team USA's games at the tournament are available at USABaseball.com or by clicking HERE.