Team Italy improved to 4 and 0 at the first round of the European Championship in Regensburg, Germany after they were able to walk away with the 5 to1 win over the Germans on Monday evening. Picking up the win for Italy was Michael Colla with 5 innings of work on the bump, where he allowed 1 run off of 3 hits, and 4 walks, while striking out 4 German batters. After Colla’s departure in the 6th the game was brought home on the arms of Escalona, Venditte, and Da Silva. The win secured the two time defending EU Champions not only a bid into the winners bracket of the second round off the tournament, but also the top seed. At the plate it was Desimoni with his 3 for 4, 2 runs scored day that set the pace on offense, while Vaglio and Liddi each drove in 2 runs apiece. Mineo drove in yet another run on a sac fly in the 4th to push his first round RBI total to a team leading 7.
The Germans got out to a 1-nothing lead in the 2nd off of Italy’s starter Colla when with two outs he gave up an RBI single to right off the bat of Ehmcke who drove in Sommer from second. The score would stay like this until Italy came to bat in the 4th where they crossed 3 runs on 3 hits and a hit by pitch. Driving in the runs for Italy was Liddi on a two RBI single to center, and Mineo on a sac fly to center.
In the bottom of the very next inning Italy was able to pick up their fourth and fifth runs off the ball game on a 2 RBI double to right center off the bat of Vaglio. Scoring on the play was both Infante and Desimoni. The game would end 5-1 Italy in what was a good step forward for the club with their sights now on the second round of the 2014 European Championship.
Italy will take on Great Britain today the 16th, with Carlos Teran expected to get the start.