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Sox ride dingers, Williams matches save record
Red-bearded closer matches Koo's league mark
01/05/2013 7:19 AM ET
Matt Williams picked up his record-tying 12th save on Friday.
Matt Williams picked up his record-tying 12th save on Friday. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 4 January - Behind a trio of home runs, the Sydney Blue Sox (18-14) earned a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Adelaide Bite proudly supported by SA Power Networks (14-18) on a hot Friday night at Norwood Oval, giving Sydney sole possession of second place.

With temperatures reaching 44 degrees, the Blue Sox fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to take the lead in the eighth inning on a solo home run from Chris Snelling. In the ninth inning, Matt Williams loaded the bases before inducing a foul-out from Quincy Latimore to end the game. The save was his 12th in as many chances this season, tying the league single-season saves record held by teammate Dae-Sung Koo, who registered 12 in the 2010/11 campaign.

"I'm very proud of my guys tonight," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "We had to battle the elements a little but we came away with a big win. Great effort all round."

Adelaide jumped on the board early, as Ben Lodge launched a solo home run to centre field in the first inning. Then in the third frame, Adam Kam and Josh Cakebread... Cakebread both recorded RBI-singles for a 3-0 Bite advantage.

However, Sydney starting pitcher Chris Oxspring was able to settle down, allowing his offence to chip away at the Bite lead. In the fourth inning James Robbins hit his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot, to right field. In the fifth frame, Mitch Dening singled with two outs to score Zac Shepherd to make it a one-run ball game. Then in the sixth Boss Moanaroa hit his third home run of the campaign to right field to tie the game at 3-3.

The teams traded a scoreless seventh inning, which set the stage for the former Major Leaguer Snelling to hit the game-winning homer.

Todd Van Steensel (2-3) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Oxspring went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five. Reed Brown (0-1) suffered the loss for the South Australians, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings of relief.

The teams meet again for game three of their four-game series again tomorrow, as Sydney's Brad Thomas (0-1, 0.00 ERA) makes his first start of the season against Team Australia representative Paul Mildren (1-5, 4.67 ERA) for the Bite. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. local time at Norwood Oval.

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