WBSC Reveals Updated World Ranking. Cuba is No. 5

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today revealed the updated 2016 standings in the Official WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s entire National Team programme (from U-12 to Professional) in international competition.

The Top 10 sees five position changes with the most recent world rankings update, while 59 of the 71 ranked nations either moved up or down the ladder.  Four continents (Asia, Europe, North- and South America) are represented within the Top 10, and five (Oceania) within the Top 20.

2016 USA-Cuba Series: Hiura's Heroics Hands U.S. Series Win

A pinch-hit home run by Keston Hiura (UC Irvine) proved to be the difference in a hard-fought five-game series as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team won the rubber game over Cuba, 2-1, on Wednesday at Capitan San Luis Stadium.


The series win is the first in program history for Team USA in Cuba as the third time proved to be the charm. The U.S. previously lost series in 2012 (2-3) and 2014 (0-5) before today's victory. 

2016 USA-Cuba Series: Friedl Lifts U.S. to Series-Evening Win Over Cuba, 4-1

A three-run double by TJ Friedl (Nevada) was the highlight of a four-run sixth inning for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday as it claimed a 4-1 triumph over Cuba at Capitan San Luis Stadium.


The victory evens the series against Cuba at two games each, setting up a rubber game at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Pinar del Rio. 

2016 USA-Cuba Series: Five-Run Sixth Leads Cuba Past U.S., 5-1

Five unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the undoing of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Monday as it dropped a 5-1 decision to Cuba at historic Latinoamericano Stadium.


Team USA now trails its series against Cuba two games to one with the five-game set getting ready to head to Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar del Rio for the final two contest. 

2016 USA-Cuba Series: Faedo, Wright Blank Cuba, 1-0

Alex Faedo (Florida) and Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt) combined to throw a three-hit shutout as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team evened its international friendship series against Cuba with a 1-0 victory at Jose Ramon Cepero Stadium on Sunday.


Faedo and Wright were masterful as both have been all summer. 

In his fourth start for Team USA, Faedo picked up his third win with fourth scoreless frames in which he struck out three, walked two and yielded a pair of hits. 

2016 USA-Cuba Series: Cuba Sneaks Past U.S. in Opener, 3-1

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team did not allow a baserunner for the first six innings but Cuba rallied to score three runs in the eighth after a three-hour and two-minute rain delay to sneak away with a 3-1 win in the series opener Saturday at Jose Ramon Cepero Stadium.