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National team earn win in Australia Series opener
Early miscues cost Blue Sox in first of three-game set
10/27/2012 12:30 AM ET
Luke Hughes tags out Sydney's JaDamion Williams in an attempted steal.
Luke Hughes tags out Sydney's JaDamion Williams in an attempted steal. (Joe Vella / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 26 October - Team Australia narrowly defeated the Sydney Blue Sox after the hometown team committed early errors, 5-3, in the first game of the Australia Series at Blacktown International Sportspark Friday night.

Team Australia struck early against the Blue Sox, pushing two runs across in the top of the first off Sydney starting pitcher Chris Oxspring. Luke Hughes and Justin Huber notched back-to-back hits, and paired with a Blue Sox error, Team Australia took a 2-0 lead.

The Green and Gold doubled their lead in the top of the third, again on the heels of Blue Sox errors. Mitch Dening and Hughes each singled in the inning and later scored from the aid of defensive miscues, taking a 4-0 advantage.

The Blue Sox made it a one-run game with three runs of their own in the fifth inning. Trent D'Antonio had two RBIs in the frame while Shane Benson added an RBI of his own to cut the lead to 4-3.

However, Team Australia put the game away in the top of the eighth inning when they added an insurance run, closing the scoring at 5-3.

"I thought our pitching was outstanding and we pounded the strike zone all night," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "Offensively we banged out 10 hits which was a good effort against competition of that quality."

Dushan Ruzik pitched well for Team Australia, throwing four shutout innings and striking out five. Oxspring threw well for Sydney, but suffered the loss, allowing four runs (one earned)over six innings. Richard Olson picked up the win in relief, allowing just one hit in one inning of relief while Adam Bright notched the save with a scoreless ninth frame.

The Blue Sox and Team Australia return to action tomorrow night at Blacktown International Sportspark. Left-handed pitcher Craig Anderson is the probable starting pitcher for the Blue Sox while left-handed pitcher Daniel McGrath gets the ball for Team Australia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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