Charlotte native Nick Banks (Texas A&M) and Ryan Howard (Missouri) launched home runs to lift Team USA baseball to a series-clinching 11-1 win Saturday night over the Cuban National Team in front of 10,352 at BB&T BallPark, according to the USA Collegiate National Team website.
The win equals the largest win over Cuba in Team USA history. Team USA (9-5) claimed the series-clinching victory in the fourth game of the series.
The series concludes on Monday at 7 p.m. in Cary at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The Cubans played Saturday without two star players, third baseman Luis Yander La O and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez, who defected earlier in the week.