LOS ANGELES – Former Duke standout Marcus Stroman was named the 2017 World Baseball Classic MVP after pitching Team USA to its first WBC title Wednesday evening.
Stroman carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Team USA’s 8-0 victory, successfully slowing a Puerto Rican lineup that carried a plus-37 run differential and 7-0 record for the tournament.
"I love pitching in these moments, I love the atmosphere," Stroman said. "I feel like the bigger the game, the more I'm able to get up, the more effective I am. ... This was probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, game I've ever pitched in."
The no-hit bid, which ended with an Angel Pagan leadoff double in the seventh, matched the longest of Stroman’s professional career. The Duke alum kept the Red Sox hitless for six on July 24, 2014. Stroman exited Wednesday’s WBC final to a standing ovation from over 50,000 fans at Dodger Stadium.