Netherlands move on to 2nd round with win over Australia
Taichung, Taiwan (Sports Network) - Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer and Robbie Cordemans tossed five shutout innings to push the Netherlands past Australia, 4-1, clinching a spot in the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
Roger Bernadina and Andrelton Simmons each plated a run for the Dutch, who rebounded from an 8-3 loss to Chinese Taipei on Sunday to end first round play at 2-1.
Cordemans (1-0) gave up just two hits and struck out three in the start for the Netherlands, which saw the tying run come to the plate in the ninth before Loek Van Mil locked down the save by striking out Allan de San Miguel.
The Australians concluded their run in the World Baseball Classic without a win and only two runs scored over three games. Starter Dushan Ruzic (0-1) was touched up for four runs on six hits over just two innings of work.
Brad Harman drove in Australia's lone run with an RBI single in the seventh.
The Dutch manufactured a run in the first after Simmons led the inning off with a double. Schoop then bunted him over to third before Bernadina drove him home with a single up the middle.
Simmons recorded an RBI in the following inning on a groundout and Schoop's two-run blast put the Netherlands ahead 4-0.
Stefan Welch doubled to start the top half of the seventh and four batters later, Harman drove him in with a line drive to left, however Australia stranded three runners in scoring position the rest of the contest.
03/05 02:52:23 ET