Final in 8

Australia 17

(1-0)

Mexico 7

(0-1)

9:00 PM ET, March 8, 2009

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AUS 31003343X 17 22 2
MEX 51100000X 7 12 1
W:D. Moss (1-0)
L:R. Rincon (0-1)

Australia upsets Mexico behind record hit performance

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY -- Chris Snelling homered twice and Ben Risinger hit a three-run shot as Australia powered past Mexico 17-7 on Sunday in the World Baseball Classic.

The game was stopped after eight innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Risinger, Lake Hughes and Andrew Graham each drove in three runs for Australia, which has no players in the majors and was considered one of the underdogs in Pool A. The Australians will play Cuba on Tuesday for a berth in the second round in San Diego.

Mexico will face South Africa in an elimination game.

"The main objective is to move on to the next round," Mexico manager Vinicio Castilla said. "Today's game holds us back, but we haven't lost anything yet. We have to keep moving forward. ... No one expected this. We are going to stick together and try to get the next one."

Graham's RBI single in the sixth inning scored Brett Roneberg and broke a 7-all tie. Daniel Berg and Trent Oeltjen followed with run-scoring hits to make it 10-7, and Australia's lead was never in jeopardy the rest of the game.

Australia took a 3-0 lead in the first inning after the first five pitches by New York Mets lefty Oliver Perez, who allowed back-to-back home runs by Hughes and Snelling.

Perez allowed four earned runs and seven hits, and struck out five in two innings.

Mexico rallied in the bottom of the first to take a 5-3 lead after Jorge Vazquez hit a grand slam.

Australia got closer in the second with Snelling's second RBI of the game, but Alfredo Amezaga of the Florida Marlins hit a solo homer that made it 6-4.

Augie Ojeda's double put Mexico up 7-4, but Australia used a three-run rally in the fifth to tie it. Graham had an RBI single, Derek Scott had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Hughes tied it with a single to left.

Snelling's second homer of the night came during a four-run seventh. A three-base, two-run error by second baseman Edgar Gonzalez on a grounder by Graham put Australia ahead 14-7.

"They came out strong and gave us their best," Castilla said. "They did everything right. We are hurt, but there is nothing that can be done now. We need to forget about this and get the win over South Africa."

Damian Moss (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Ricardo Rincon (0-1) took the loss after giving up an unearned run and one hit.


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Game Information

Game Time: 3:43
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Umpires: Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Seong Hoon Moon, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Seok Hwan Oh