Announced back in late May, the 41st series between the United States and Japanese collegiate baseball teams is fast approaching. A total of five games will be played across New England with the first three taking place in Massachusetts. Three games between the USA and Japan will take place in Massachusetts, with the third being a match-up between the United States and Future’s Collegiate Baseball League’s Prospect Team. The teams will play games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester, Campanelli Stadium in Brockton and Lelacheur Park in Lowell. The series is sponsored by the Future’s Collegiate Baseball League, with the team’s staying and training at Worcester State University. The games played in Massachusetts will occur from July 11 through July 15:
July 11: United States vs. FCBL Prospect Team, 7:05, Worcester. TICKETS.
July 13: United States vs. Japan, 7:05, Worcester. TICKETS.
July 14: United States vs. Japan, 7:00, Brockton. TICKETS.
July 15: United States vs. Japan, 5:35, Lowell. TICKETS.
Tickets for the two games in Worcester start at $5, while the game in Brockton has seats as low as $11 and seats in Lowell range from $7-10. Campanelli Stadium can hold almost 6,000 fans, while Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field holds about 3,000, and Lelacheur Park about 5,000, so be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
Team USA will feature players from across the country and will be led by UCLA manager John Savage. Savage has had a legendary career at UCLA, becoming one of only six coaches in college baseball history to win a College World Series title, coach a #1 overall draft pick and have a Golden Spikes Award Winner. His assistant coaches come from baseball powerhouses in Long Beach State, Cal Poly, Florida State and Cal State Fullerton. The roster consists entirely on those who just finished their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Fans will have the opportunity to see some local talent, as UConn’s Tim Cate will be a pitcher on the US squad, hailing from Manchester, Connecticut. Cate has a 3.02 career ERA at UConn and also participated on this squad last summer. The Japanese squad will be led by manager Tatsuya Yoshinami, who will bring a talented roster to New England. These will be some of the final games of the summer for the US Collegiate National Team, who is 11-1 so far this summer.