July 20, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team defeated Japan, 6-3, in the championship game on Sunday and won the gold medal for the conclusion of Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium. With the win, Team USA improves to 18-3-2 overall this summer, including a 7-1 record at Honkbal Week in the Netherlands.
Batting second in the lineup as Team USA's designated hitter, Tennessee's Christin Stewart was named Best Hitter of Honkbal Week following the game. He went 1-for-3 with one walk and one run scored in the contest. In his last six starts for the club, Stewart went 10-for-21 (.476) with four RBI and hit at a .455 clip with three doubles in seven games during Honkbal Week.
On the season, Stewart leads Team USA with a .391 average, 27 hits, 11 doubles and 16 RBI over his 21 games (18 starts). His two home runs rank second-best on the team, while his .638 slugging percentage and .488 on-base percentage are also tops on the USA squad.
The Honkbal Week Championship marks the fourth in history for the Collegiate National Team, as it also won the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Team USA now holds an all-time record of 29-5 in the tournament.
Team USA travels to Cuba this week for a five-game series, set for July 23-27. The first two contests will take place at Victoria de Giron Stadium in Matanzas, with the last three games scheduled for Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar Del Rio.
Christin Stewart (@baseball4stewie) July 20, 2014