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TEAM ITALY OPENS ITALIAN BASEBALL WEEK WITH WINS OVER SWEDEN, SPAIN, CZECH REP

Team Italy opened up the Italian Baseball Week with an easy 22-2 win over the Swedish National Team on Friday at Lodi's Guiliana Serviati Stadium.  Italy jumped all over Swedish starting pitcher Oscar Carlstedt, pushing across five runs in the first inning. 

Italy would go on to a 12-0 lead before Sweden got its first pair of runs in the top of the fifth. 

The Azzurri would put together 16 hits in the contest before ending the game after six and one-half innings due to the 10-run rule.  Italy also sent three balls flying past the ballpark limits for home runs.   

Italian pitchers limited Swedish hitters to 3 hits in the contest.   Carlos Pezzullo picked up the win.

In Friday's opener n Novara, Spain shut the game down early, turning the lights out on the Czech Republic  14-1 in seven innings.

Team Italy's Saturday contest in Torino versus an ever improving Spain was a competitive contest.  Italy would never trail in the game, having scored three runs in the top of the first off five hits, but the game was tight and pressure was felt from both sides, especially with the European Championship just a few days away. 

Italy outhit Spain eleven to five.

Sandy Patrone picked up the victory.

Saturday in Turin, the Czech Republic scored its first victory of the tournament and gave Sweden its second straight loss, 6-3.

The round robin continued in Piacenza on Sunday with Italy overpowering the Czech Republic  11-1 in eight innings.  Italy used 17 hits to end the contest early. Team Italy has registered hits in the double-digit in each of its first three contests.  Giuseppe Mazzanti highlighted the night with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Daniel Cillo went three innings in relief to earn the victory.

Spain picked up its second victory with a 15-5 seven inning win over Sweden.

The Italian Baseball Week now moves on to the semifinals.  Monday's action pits 1st seed Italy taking with 4th seed Sweden in Turin.  In the other semifinal contest, 2nd seed Spain will meet 3rd seed Czech Republic in Novara.

Italian Baseball Week Standings