INDIANAPOLIS - Ty Griffin just wanted to keep U.S. hopes alive when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon. He did much more.
The second baseman from Tampa belted a two-run homer over Bush Stadium's leftfield wall, giving the U.S. team a 6-4 victory over Cuba in front of 12,500 patriotic fans and snapping Cuba's 37-game winning streak at the Pan Am Games.
Griffin, a 1985 graduate of Tampa King High and an All-ACC player for Georgia Tech, was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. For the first time in his life, the switch-hitter hit a left-handed and right-handed home run in the same game.