Team USA Beats Blowfish 9-1



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Columbia Blowfish (9-17) lost 9-1 in an exhibition matchup against the USA Collegiate National Team at Historic Capital City Stadium Thursday night.

The USA Collegiate National Team is on an 8 game tour through the Coastal Plain League, starting out against the Coastal Plain League Select Team back on Sunday. It's been four road trips and four road victories since then, over High-Point Thomasville, Fayetteville, Wilson, and tonight against the Blowfish.

The Blowfish got on the board early as Brandon Burris (Spartanburg Methodist) lead off the 3rd inning with a single to shortstop. Burris then swiped second and would reach third on a throwing error by Chris Okey (Clemson). Burris came around to score on an RBI ground out by Tommy Mirabelli (Kansas) as Columbia snatched the early advantage.

The Collegiate National Team stormed back in the top 4th, when DJ Stewart (Florida State) led off with a walk, and came around to score on a two-run homerun by Nicholas Banks (Texas A&M).

In the 5th inning, the Collegiate National Team tacked on a run and added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning.

They broke things open in the 8th inning, as the Collegiate National Team would burst out as 5 consecutive hits plated 4 runs.

Blowfish starting pitcher Ben Schniederjans (Georgia Tech) pitched two solid innings allowing no runs to come across on one hit to start the ball game for the Blowfish.

Andrew Moore (Oregon State) pitched great in a relief appearance, striking out 5 in 2 scoreless innings of work

The Collegiate National Team will continue their tour against the CPL with games against Florence, Morehead City, and Peninsula over the next few days.

The Blowfish stay home to play on Saturday, June 28th against the Martinsville Mustangs, with first pitch set for 7:05PM.

It's Bark at the Park night on Saturday, and the Columbia Fire Department and Police Department have their annual softball game at The Cap from 5:00-6:15. Young Blowfish fans can then play catch on the field with their favorite Blowfish players beginning at 6:15PM. It's also YMCA Little League Night as well, so be sure to get out to Capital City Stadium and check out all the fun happenings going on Saturday.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 of those - including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander - make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

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