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Waseda University’s trip to the United States in 2010

by on Feb.25, 2010 @ 6:31 pm, under College

=== 3/13/2010 12:30pm JST

Waseda returned to Japan on the 12th.  Exhibition play begins on the 16th.

=== 3/12/2010 12:03pm JST

Waseda played their last exhibition game in the US on the 10th.  It was a game vs the University of California Riverside; they lost 3-2.  Neither Saito nor Ohnishi pitched in the game.  They finished the US road trip with 2 wins and 4 losses.  They will return to to Japan on the 12th.

=== 4:23pm JST

Cal State Fullerton beat Waseda 3-0 on the 9th.  Yuki Saito started for Waseda, followed by Yuya Fukui, Kensuke Ono, and finally Tatsuya Ohishi.  The final lines:

Saito: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 16 AB, 16 BF, 54 NP

Fukui: 2.1 UP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 11 AB, 14 BF, 31 NP

Ohishi: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 AB, 3 BF, 15 NP

Ohishi also went 2-for-4 with a strike out at the plate.

You can view the complete box scores at the Cal State Fullerton website.

=== 3/11/2010 2:22am JST

Giants' scout Junya Orita arrived in the US on the 7th to catch the remaining Waseda practice games.  On the 8th, he caught Waseda's game against UC Santa Barbara (A Lotte scout was also in the stands).  Saito, Fukui, and Ohishi did not pitch in the game.  Ohishi was in the starting line-up in center and went 0-for-4 with a walk and strike out.  Waseda beat UC Santa Barbara, 4-1.

The boxscore can be found at the UC Santa Barbara website.

=== 3/7/12:54pm JST

Waseda watched the Los Angeles Dodgers play an exhibition game on the 6th.

Yuki Saito had a chance to watch Hiroki Kuroda pitch a bullpen session and even shook Manny Ramirez's hand.

The team will now return to Los Angeles to continue their practice through the 11th.

=== 3/6/2010 1:25pm JST

Waseda worked out in Glendale, AZ on the 5th after leaving Los Angeles in the early morning and riding a bus for about 6 hours.  They are also scheduled to watch a Los Angeles Dodgers' exhibition game on the 6th.  Meiji University also apparently nearby.

Yuki Saito told reporters that his desire to pitch in the Majors has grown stronger during his current stay.

=== 3/5/2010 12:39pm JST

Waseda beat Long Beach State on Wednesday, 4-2.

Yuya Fukui: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 18 AB, 25 BF, 95 NP, 95/61

Tatsuya Ohishi: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 10 AB, 10 BF, 37 NP, 37/24

Ohishi also went 0-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

Final boxscores from the game can be found at the official Long Beach State website.

=== 12:40pm JST

A little more from the game:

7 of the 8 strikeouts Ohishi racked up, were on swinging strikes; and he topped out at 146km/h.

Scouts the the game: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians.

=== 3/4/2010 11:01am JST

UCLA beat Waseda, 6-4 on Tuesday.  Tatsuya Ohishi got the start.  Yuki Saito pitched in relief.

Ohishi's final line: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 17 AB, 19 BF, 91 NP, 91/61 Pitches/Strikes

Saito's final line: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 8 AB, 11 BF, 43 NP, 43/24 Pitches/Strikes

The final boxscore from the game can be viewed at the UCLA website.

=== 3/3/2010 10:24am JST

Waseda played Cal State University, Northridge on the first and lost, 9-4.  Yuki Saito started the game and gave up 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits over 6 innings of work.  He also showed off his new cutter.  Saito topped out at 143km/h and threw 80 pitches (55 of which were fastballs and cutters).

Final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 25 AB, 26 BF, 77 NP

Tatsuya Ohishi also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Scouts from the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were in the stands.

Dan Evans on Saito: He watches his opponents and pitches accordingly.  He's like a Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Tom Seaver type pitcher.

John Cox on Saito: He a solid young pitcher.  He has good control and throws strikes.  We're definitely going to keep our eye on him.

You can see boxscores from the game at the Cal State University, Northridge site.

=== 3/2/2010 12:04pm JST

Ohishi's decision to start his career in Japan remains strong despite his current visit to the US.  Said Ohishi,  "I have aspirations to play in the Majors, but I'd like to start my career in Japan."  Ohishi also told reporters that he's having some difficulty getting used to the harder pitching mounds.

He is scheduled to start a practice game against UCLA on the 2nd and was set to start in center and bat left in a practice game on the 1st.

=== 3/1/2010 12:36pm JST

San Francisco Giants Pacific Rim scout John Cox dropped by to watch Yuki Saito working out Anaheim (practice started in Compton but moved to Anaheim due to the rain) on the 27th.

Saito threw 150 pitches in the bullpen.  He told reporters he wasn't really concerned with the idea that MLB scouts were checking him out.

=== 2/28/2010 10:02pm JST

Waseda held a 3-hour practice at Dodgers Stadium on the 26th.  Saito threw 40 pitches off he mound

Saito told reporters he's been dreaming of pitching at Dodgers Stadium since he was a kid.  When asked what thoughts came to mind when thinking about the Dodgers, he mentioned Hideo Nomo and Tommy Lasorda.  Saito mentioned that he had an interest in pitching in the Majors at some point in his career.

Ohishi also threw off the mound and said that he found it hard to throw on than the one's in Japan.  He also said that it pitched thinking it would be his last time on the mound at Dodgers Stadium.

=== 2/27/2010 1:24pm JST

Saito worked out at the Urban Youth Academy for about 2 hours after arriving in Los Angeles (2/25).  His workouts included long throws and sprints.  Saito apparently couldn't sleep a wink during the 9-hour flight.

Manager Atsushi Otake told reporters that he could use Ohishi as a starter.

=== 2/26/2010 5:24pm JST

Waseda plans on using three pitchers (Yuki Saito, Tatsuya Ohishi, and Yuya Fukui) for their 6-game schedule -- the starter will go 6 innings, the reliever 3 innings, and the third pitcher will rest.

Saito told reporters that he plans on throwing about 200 pitches a day.

As a general rule, players will also not be allowed to venture out on their own.

=== 2/25/2010 6:31pm JST

Waseda University headed for Los Angeles on Thursday.  They are scheduled for a return on 3/12.

Yuki Saito is will be starting 2 of the 6 games on the US schedule for Waseda.