The Spanish national team defeated Switzerland 3-2 on Saturday morning in Montjuic to sweep the best-of-three series and to remain in the A-Pool for the 2012 European Championship in the Netherlands. A two-run single by Jose Luis Riera tied the game in the sixth. A sac fly by Nestor Perez one inning later plated the winning run. Remigio Leal (W) struck out six in four one-hit innings of relief to pick up the win. Lukas Croton (L) took the loss after six-plus strong innings. The Swiss national team had reached the finals with a 9-2 win over Hungary on Friday. Riera later also was named MVP of the Qualifier. His teammate Marc Carrillo was the Best Batter. J.T. O’Leary received Best Pitcher honors.
Friday, July 29:
Finland – Ireland 2-4
Switzerland – Hungary 9-2
Saturday, July 30:
Spain – Switzerland 3-2 (Spain wins the finals 2-0)