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Sep '07 12

Ukraine wins a heartbraker against rival Russia

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Ukraine scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and then completed the improbable comeback with a run in the 11th to claim a 4-3 victory against Russia on Tuesday in Pool B action.

Oleksand TROFYMENKO tossed a complete game seven-hitter to get the win. The 27-year-old lefty walked seven and struck out 11 hitters to help Ukraine deny Russia (0-4) it’s first victory.

Russia got a superb outing from starter Vladimir PETROV who pitched seven shutout innings while limiting Ukraine to only three hits. But the Russian pitching staff fell apart at “crunch” time.

Ukraine (1-3) fell behind early as Russia took advantage of PETROV’s control problems – he awarded seven free passes – to score twice in the first. Russia increased the lead to 3-0 in the eight when Alexander NIZOV and Alexander VASILIEV both hit doubles.

The late-inning Ukraine rally began when Yuriy SHVETS was plunked by a Dmitri SEREDENKO errant pitch and was capped off by Artem PALAMARCHUK’s two-run double that knotted the score at 3-3. PALAMARCHUK drove in the winning run two innings later with a sacrifice fly.

Serhiy TYKHONETS led the Ukraine offensive charge going 3-for-5 while VASILIEV had three hits andAndrey KRIPOCHIN and NIZOV both added a pair of hits for the Russians in a losing effort.

Russia (0-4) will face Italy (2-2) in Pool B action on Wednesday and Ukraine (1-3) will battle Great Britain (3-1).


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