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Koura dazzles for Bite in ABL debut
Adelaide pick up first split series of season
12/31/2017 5:32 AM ET
Rodrigo Ayarza homered in Adelaide's game four win over Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Rodrigo Ayarza homered in Adelaide's game four win over Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SCOTT DAVIS)

Adelaide starter Ryo Koura punched out 12 in an outstanding ABL debut to guide the Bite to a 5-3 victory over Brisbane at Holloway Field on Sunday night.

Koura - who joined Adelaide after Max Beatty was released - gave up a two-run homer to Donald Lutz but was otherwise dominant as the Bite secured a series split.

The 23-year-old Japanese right hander's offence lifted on the back of his strong seven-inning showing.

Darius Day and Rodrigo Ayarza hit back-to-back home runs to cancel out Lutz's blast in the fifth.

Angus Roeger then gave Adelaide the lead with an RBI-single against Bandits' reliever Zac Treece in the top of the sixth.

Chang Tai-shan extended the Bite's lead with his second home run of the season, a solo shot off Ryan Searle.

With Koura gone in the seventh, Brisbane catcher Adam Weisenburger took full advantaage.

Weisenburger blasted Adelaide closer Loek van Mil deep with one out to cut the deficit to one run.

The Bite's offence ensured van Mil worked the ninth with a two-run lead.

Curtis Mead's sacrifice fly scored Ayarza, who doubled and then stole third.

Van Mil made no mistake, striking out the side to record his second save of the series.

The split marked the first series Adelaide has not lost this season.

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