Barney wins gold medal with U.S. team
The Southridge grad and OSU star adds another line to his baseball résumé
It seems that whatever Darwin Barney touches turns to gold.
A Southridge High graduate and the shortstop on Oregon State's NCAA baseball championship team, Barney spent the summer playing on the USA Baseball National Team, which, of course, won the gold medal.
The U.S. team completed its summer campaign with a 28-2-1 mark and captured its second straight FISU (International University Sports Federation) World Championship with an 18-9 victory over Chinese Taipei on Aug. 15 at Latino Stadium in Havana, Cuba.
The .919 win percentage is the best ever by a USA Baseball collegiate team and the tournament victory was the first ever for a USA Baseball National Team in Cuba.
Barney played left field and batted fifth for the USA team in the title game, going 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.
During the team's summer schedule, which began July 4, Barney started 28 of 31 games and batted .276 in 98 at-bats. He hit seven doubles, a home run, drove in eight runs and scored 19 times. The Southridge graduate drew 17 walks (second on the team) and stole six bases.
Barney also pitched in one game, throwing a shutout inning in which he allowed one hit.
The U.S. team was dominant throughout the summer, opening with 14 consecutive victories, including seven straight wins against Chinese Taipei to open the season.
The squad earned more than half of its 28 victories by five or more runs, winning 15 by such margin, including back-to-back shutouts of Puerto Rico (15-0) and the Czech Republic (16-0) early in the World Championship on August 9.
The team closed with 10 consecutive victories, capped by its biggest offensive outburst of the summer in the 18-9 victory over Chinese Taipei in the FISU championship game. The U.S. recorded season highs in both hits (22) and runs (18) in the game.
But the U.S. team had to rally from a 3-0 deficit to make it happen. The team recovered to take a 6-3 lead in the second then pulled away from there. After singling in his first two at bats, Barney started a five-run fourth inning by leading off with a walk. He took second on a wild pitch and was bunted over to third before scoring on a sacrifice fly for a 9-3 US lead.
Barney also played a part in the team's two-run eighth inning, keeping the frame alive with a two-out double to right center before scoring on teammate Sean Doolittle's single for the game's final run.