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College hero leads U.S. to victory

First a college legend, then a national hero. Warren Morris has done it all in a month.

The second baseman who won the College World Series last month with a ninth-inning homer kept the United States unbeaten in Olympic baseball Monday with his latest clutch shot.

Morris' three-run homer to deep centerfield broke open a tied game Monday night and kept the U.S. team undefeated with a 7-2 victory over South Korea.

"It wasn't as dramatic, but it was great," Morris said. "They're tough to compare. When I was going around the bases I raised my arms and made a little shout. It was a lot like that."

Morris' latest homer broke a 1-all tie in the fourth and changed the course of the game.

The United States improved to 2-0 and leads the seven-game round-robin tournament, which cuts the field to four teams for medal play. South Korea is 0-2.

From the first inning, the Koreans took issue with most umpiring decisions. They refused to come out of the dugout for almost a minute after one disputed call at the plate. They also didn't shake hands with the victors afterward, and skipped the post-game news conference.

NICARAGUA 7, ITALY 2: Fredy Corea struck out 12, two shy of the Olympic record, in eight innings Monday, leading Nicaragua to a 7-2 victory over Italy.

Nicaragua (1-1) rebounded from its opening-day loss to the United States by scoring all of its runs in the first three innings. A passed ball and Erasmo Baca's two-run homer put Nicaragua up 3-1 in the first, and Anibal Vega hit a three-run homer in the four-run third inning.

Italy (1-1), coming off its opening upset of South Korea, managed nine hits and two runs _ one unearned _ off Corea, who walked three. Two fielding errors let in a run in the first, and Claudio Liverziani homered in the third.

NETHERLANDS 16, AUSTRALIA 6: The Netherlands rebounded from a 12-2 thrashing by Japan in its opener.

Marcel Joost went 4-for-5 with two RBI in the game, which lasted only eight innings. It was the Netherlands' secondstraight game that ended early because of the international 10-run "mercy" rule.

Randolph Balentina and Evert-Jan 't Hoen had three hits each for the Dutch team, which got at least one hit and one run from each starter.

The Dutch won the European baseball championship last year.

The Netherlands improved to 1-1. Australia is 0-2.

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