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Tuatara offence fires to seal series split
Starter Collmenter allows one run in 5 1/3 innings
12/01/2018 11:06 PM ET
Auckland starter Josh Collmenter allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Auckland starter Josh Collmenter allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Auckland's offence exploded in a 9-1 victory over Canberra to earn a split their round three Brut Australian Baseball League series at McLeod Park on Sunday.

The Tuatara scored a team record nine runs and rode a strong first home start from Josh Collmenter to victory as Cavs' starter Jason Lott struggled to cool down the red-hot Auckland bats.

The bottom of the second proved to be costly for Canberra with a bases-loaded situation bringing Kris Richards home when Luke Hansen was hit by a pitch.

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Kuo Chun-Wei drove in two more runs, clearing left field with a line drive as Zach Clark and Guiyuan Xu crossed home plate.

It brought Yuki Kuniyoshi to replace Lott.

With the bases loaded for the second time in the inning, Luke Hansen extended the lead further on a wild pitch.

The home side continued to fire in the third with Xu and Hansen driving in runs.

Facing a 6-0 deficit, the Cavs swapped out Kuniyoshi for Kyle Kinman.

It quickly became 7-0 with Taiga Hirasawa's single to right field allowing Hansen to hustle home for his second run of the game.

Auckland were locked in with their base-running at the bottom of the fourth.

After being walked by Kinman, Daniel Lamb-Hunt ran from first base to home with Max Brown's double going deep to left field.

Brown went on to steal third base, his third of the season, before blowing the score out to 9-0.

Canberra's sole run of the game came at the top of the sixth.

Cam Warner drove home Zach Wilson with a ground ball to left field.

Collmenter's day ended having allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cavs had one last chance to cut into the lead in the ninth inning, however Tuatara reliever Yuki Harada was in command to end the game.

Auckland will be looking to back up today's strong performance when they host Sydney for their final home series of the season in New Zealand.

The Cavs head home to Canberra to face Brisbane in an ABL Championship Series rematch.

 

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