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Italy remains undefeated in the 2014 European Championship. Two runs in the bottom of the eighth gave them a 6-4 win over Spain in the morning game on Thursday as the tournament shifts to Brno. It was the first match of the final round, where Italy improves to 3-0. Spain dropped to 1-2.
After taking a 4-0 lead through five innings, Spain rallied tie the game after seven innings. But the Squadra Azzurri answered right away in the bottom of the eighth to decide the outcome. Lorenzo Avagnina broke the tie with a RBI double and came around to score a few minutes later on a single by Stefano Desimoni.
Spain had tied the game on a RBI single by Franklin Tavarez in the seventh. A RBI groundout by Daniel Martinez and a two-run home run by Francisco Figueroa had cut the deficit to 3-4 one frame before. Desimoni scored twice for Italy.
Carlos Richetti got the start for Italy, allowing two hits, two runs and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Antonio Noguera opposed him, issuing five hits, four runs (3 ER) and four base on balls in 4 1/3 innings. However both didn’t get a decision. Switch pitcher Pat Venditte picked up the win after two innings of solid relief. Andres Perez took the loss.
Photo by Gregor Eisenhuth