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5th October 09
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28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

27th September
USA DEFEATS CUBA TO TAKE GOLD AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP SUNDAY:

26th September
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY

25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY

21st September
Final Eight Nations Set, Seedings To Be Determined Monday As Baseball World Cup Reaches Championship:

September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

17th September
THURSDAYS RESULTS
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17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

13th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

11th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES:  DAY THREE

10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

9th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY ONE SUMMARIES


25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

RESULTS FROM THE FINAL DAY OF POOL PLAY:

PUERTO RICO 4 AUSTRALIA 2: 
Carlos Rivera hit a third inning grand slam and four pitchers held Australia to just three hits in a 4-2 victory.  Tim Kennelly and Stefan Welch had hit back-to-back second inning home runs off starter Alexander Woodson to give Australia a 2-0 lead, but Rivera’s bases-clearing homer off Drew Naylor gave Puerto Rico the lead for good.  With the win, Puerto Rico (4-3) finishes Pool 1 as the No. 2 seed and will face Pool 2's No. 2, Canada (5-3), at 20:00 Saturday in Grosseto.  Australia (2-5) wraps up pool play as Pool 2's No. 3 seed and will square off against Pool 1's No. 3, the Netherlands (3-4), Saturday in Messina.

UNITED STATES 8 NETHERLANDS 2: 
Buck Coats had three hits and three RBIs, and the USA broke open a close game with a six-run sixth inning on its way to an 8-2 win. New York Mets prospect Ike Davis’ solo home run in the second gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead, and Coats’ two-run single, followed by a bases-clearing single by Justin Smoak that was helped along by a Netherlands throwing error, broke the game open in the sixth.  Kasey Kiker pitched six innings of one-hit ball and combined with three relievers for the win. Coming into Friday's game USA (7-0) had already clinched Pool 2's No. 1 seed and thus, a spot in Sunday's final at 15:00 in Nettuno. There it will face Cuba (5-2), who finished No. 1 in Pool 1, and who the U.S. beat on Thursday, 5-3. The loss moves the Netherlands moves to 3-4, good enough for the No. 3 seed in Pool 2.  It will play Australia (2-5) on Saturday in Messina at 20:00.

CUBA 5 CANADA 1: 
Yulieski Gonzalez and Pedro Lazo combined on a two-hitter to give Cuba the win the 5-1 win.  Alfredo Despaigne’s second-inning home run gave Cuba the 1-0 lead, but Adam Stern’s solo shot for Canada tied the game in the fifth.  Cuba retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, however, on Hector Olivera’s two-run double, and it added to the lead on another Olivera two-run, ground rule double in the seventh to stretch the lead to 5-1.  Despite the loss Canada (4-3) still finished with the No. 2 seed in Pool 2, and it will take on Pool 1's No. 2, Puerto Rico (4-3), Saturday at 20:00 in Grosseto. Cuba (5-2) moves on to the gold medal game, Sunday in Nettuno at 15:00, where it will face rival USA in a rematch of the 2007 World Cup final.

VENEZUELA 6 CHINESE TAIPEI 4: 
Wuilliams Vazquez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Venezuela held off a late rally to defeat Chinese Taipei, 6-4. Po-Yu Lo’s home run gave Taipei a 1-0 first inning lead before Venezuela rallied for four runs off of Chih-Lung Huang to take the lead for good.  It was 6-1 going into the ninth, when Chinese Taipei pushed across three runs and had the tying run on first, but Erik Arteaga got Kun-Sheng Lin on a pop up to first to end the game. Junior Guerra was the starter and winner for Venezuela.  Chinese Taipei (1-6) and Venezuela (2-5) will meet again on Saturday night, 20:00 in Firenze, in a battle of Pool 1 and 2's No. 4 seeds.

SATURDAY PREVIEWS:

3rd/4th Place Game - Puerto Rico v Canada:

Puerto Rico and Canada will end their 2009 Baseball World Cup the same way that they kicked off the third round - by playing each other. Only this time, the stakes will be much higher, as the teams square off to determine who will take home the bronze medal. In their first meeting, four Canadian pitchers combined to turn in the most impressive pitching performance of the tournament, one-hitting the Puerto Ricans and leading their team to a 3-0 victory. That feat will be tough to duplicate this time around, however, as the Puerto Rican team has been hot as of late, scoring 12 runs in its last two games.

While pitching was the story for the Canadian team last time out against Puerto Rico, the offense has been equally as important in helping the squad to what is already its best-ever World Cup finish (5th place four times (1974, 1980, 1982, 1988). The Canadians remain the tournament's highest scoring team, with 117 total runs, nine more than the second place USA squad and 25 more than third place Australia.  Rene Tosoni continues to impress with a .357 average, 16 RBIs, and tournament-leading 16 runs scored.  He has received help from his fellow outfielder, Adam Stern, who is second on the team in average (.333), and also finds himself among the tournaments leaders in hits (17) and runs (14).  Three of the four pitchers who aided in the one-hitter last Tuesday - Nick Bucci, Trystan Magnuson and Dustin Molleken - have yet to give up an earned run in the tournament, despite all pitching more than seven innings each.  Starter Matt Kniginyzky is the fourth Canadian pitcher who has an ERA of 0.00, which is even more impressive considering he has logged 18 innings pitched, which is among tournament leaders.

After dropping the first two games in Italy to Canada and the United States, Puerto Rican has stormed back with wins over Chinese Taipei and Australia and carry a great deal of momentum into its rematch with Canada.  Puerto Rico is one of the most balanced teams in the tournament, ranking in the top third in most major hitting and pitching categories. Miguel Abreu has been outstanding, leading the tournament with 22 hits and batting an even .400.  Puerto Rico has also used its great team speed to create havoc on the base paths, placing second in the tournament as a team with 13 stolen bases, with Luis Matos and Irving Falu tying for the tournament lead with four apiece.  In 16 2/3 innings of relief, Orlando Ramon has mowed down opposing hitters, leading the tournament with 26 strikeouts.  Starters Mario Santiago and Luis Atilano have also been spectacular, combining for a sterling 5-0 record and ERAs of 1.08 and 2.21, respectively.

5th/ 6th Place Game - Australia v Netherlands

In the fifth place game, Australia will take on the Netherlands at 20:00 (CET) in Messina.  The two teams met earlier in the third round, with Australia emerging victorious 5-2.  If Australia wins, it will be its best finish in the IBAF Baseball World Cup ever, with its previous best being 6th place in 2007.  The Netherlands will look to avenge its loss to Australia from earlier this round and end the tournament on a positive note.

Australia's offense has been strong throughout the World Cup, with 20 team HRs (3rd) and 85 team RBIs (3rd), and it is led by Luke Hughes (.286 AVG, 16 hits, 4 HR, 12 RBI).  Australia 's pitching has been most impressive, with starters Dushan Ruzic (1-1, 0.00 ERA, 18 IP, 11 Ks), David Welch (0-0, 1.00 ERA, 18 IP, 22 Ks) and Adam Blackley (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP, 13 Ks) leading the way.

Dutch hitters have been impressive during the World Cup with a .298 team batting average (3rd). It is led by Sidney de Jong (.371 AVG, 13 hits, 2 HR, 11 RBIs), Sharlon Schoop (.364 AVG, 16 hits, 1 HR, 8 RBIs) and Randall Simon (.333 AVG, 15 hits, 4 RBI).  The Netherlands’ pitching staff is highlighted by Tom Stuifbergen, (1-0, 1.10 ERA, 16.1 IP, 10 Ks).

7th/ 8th Place Game - Chinese Taipei v Venezuela

The battle for seventh place will be a matchup of familiar foes, as Chinese Taipei and Venezuela will square off against each other for the second consecutive day on Saturday.  Their first meeting on Saturday night featured plenty of offense, with Venezuela jumping out to an early 4-1 lead in the first inning courtesy of a Wulliams Vazquez home run.  After getting two more runs in the sixth, Venezuela looked like it was going to cruise until Chinese Taipei mounted a late three-run ninth inning rally that ultimately fell short.

Rene Reyes continues to be an offensive force for the Venezuelans, leading the tournament with 22 RBIs and also pacing the team with five home runs and 31 total bases.  At the top of the lineup, Lino Connel has done his job at getting on base, leading the team with a .370 batting average and also drawing a tournament-leading 10 bases on balls.  The Venezuelan pitching staff has also seen solid performances from Luis Torres (0.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched) and Roger Luque (17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings).

The story on offense for Chinese Taipei continues to be Han Lin, who is batting a team-leading .409, good for sixth in the tournament.  Cleanup hitter Hung-Yu Lin has supplied the power, with four home runs and 15 RBIs, both team highs.  Yen-Feng Lin has been the squad’s best starting pitcher, with a 1.50 ERA through three starts.  The bullpen has been anchored by Yu-Ching Lin, who despite only pitching 8.2 innings of relief, leads the team with a 3-0 record and 1.04 ERA.

NOTES:

DESPAIGNE BREAKS HOME RUN RECORD: 
Cuba’s Alfredo Despaigne' homered on Saturday to break the Cuban and World Cup record for home runs in one event, with ten. Cuba also continues to dominate on the pitching side, leading all nations with a 1.70 ERA.  Cuba has three pitchers now at 3-0,  Norge Vera, and Miguel and  Yulieski Gonzalez, while reliever Pedro Lazo has three saves and has yet to allow a run.

USA, CUBA REMATCH FOR GOLD ON SUNDAY: 
The USA will have a rematch with Cuba for the Gold Medal Sunday in Nettuno. The USA ended Cuba's nine straight World Cup titles with a 6-3 win in the Gold Medal game in Chinese Taipei in 2007, and will be looking to win back-to-back World Cup titles for the first time since 1973-74.  Cuba, the USA and Venezuela (1944-'45) are the only nations to ever win back to back titles.  The Cubans are hoping that Italy brings them luck again, as they have won all three of the World Cup title games played in Italy. This will be the seventh time Cuba and the USA have played for World Cup Gold, with Cuba holding  a 6-1 lead.  They met for the Gold Medal twice before in Italy, in both 1978 and 1988.