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Nicaragua strikes out Italy

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.

"A lot of people don't know we play baseball in Europe," Leurs said. "Players work five days a week, practice at night and play on the weekends. Against the big four _ Cuba, the United States, Japan and Korea _ we are still behind."

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

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