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28/1 - Bite Win in 11 Innings
Bite move to second round
01/29/2011 3:41 AM ET
In contrast to game one's 14-2 victory, Adelaide ETSA Bite sealed the Australian Baseball League semi-final series on Friday night with an 11-inning 4-3 victory against Melbourne Aces at Norwood Oval.

While two miss-plays almost gifted the Aces the game in the eighth frame, it was a Melbourne gaff at first base in the top of the 11th inning that saw Adelaide win the contest.

With neither side scoring from the sixth frame until the exciting conclusion, it was magnificent pitching from the relievers, the Bite's Adrian Burnside and Melbourne's Jeff Jamnik, which was the highlight.

Adelaide scored a single run in the third inning on Jeremy Cresswell's RBI ground out, but the Aces were up to the challenge with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the frame, on Justin Huber's ground out and Josh Davies' loop hit into rightfield.

The Bite scored twice on Stefan Welch's lucky double, which split three Melbourne fielders, in the top of the fifth, to go 3-2 up, but the Aces managed a single run in the bottom of the sixth, when Grant Karlsen hit a run-scoring double to left field.

Brandon Maurer pitched six innings for nine hits and two walks for eight K2s for the Bite before being relived by Burnside, while Melbourne starter Adam Blackley threw into the seventh, surrendering six hits and two walks for five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the eighth the Aces should have put the game away. Andrew Russell singled, with Paul Rutgers sacrifice bunt being errored. Then Matt Lawman laid down a bunt, which was thrown away, but Adelaide rightfielder Tom Brice backed up first base and threw Russell out at home.

Burnside then struck Grant Karlsen out and induced a ground-out to second base from James Beresford, who had three hits to his name, to squash the threat.

The game went into the 11th, with lead-off man Brandon Bantz getting hit by a pitch and Brice hitting a full-count pitch for a single to leftfield for Adelaide.

Jamnik then struck out Matthew Smith and Brandan Pett, before Josh Cakebread hit a roller to first base, with the throw not handled by the pitcher, which Bantz scored on.

Burnside retired the Aces in order in the bottom of the frame to collect the win, after throwing five innings for one hit and six K2s.

Adelaide now travels to Sydney for the preliminary final series, with the victor earning a berth in the grand final against Perth.

Adelaide 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 4
Melbourne 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 3
Hits: Adelaide - Brice 2, Gladstone, Wigmore, McOwen, Cresswell, Welch, Cakebread; Melbourne - Beresford 3, Karlsen 2, Biddle, Huber, Davies, Rutgers, Russell.
WP: A. Burnside; LP: J. Jamnik.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.