Canada out-hit Korea 5-3, but the only run of the game came on a home run by Keunwoo Jeong in the top of the third, off Canadian starter Mike Johnson.
Hyunjin Ryu pitched a complete game for Korea, struck out six, walked three. Johnson went six innings, allowed all three of Korea’s hits. David Davidson and Tim Burton were Canada’s relievers.
Canada’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Saunders opened the inning with a hit, and was on third with one out after Nick Weglarz got a hit. Brett Lawrie flied out. Matt Rogelstad (Arkansas State) drew a walk, loading the bases and and moving Weglarz, the potential winning run, to second. Ryan Radmanovich (Pepperdine) flied out to end the game with the bases loaded.
Canada also got runners as far as third in the sixth and eighth innings. Emmanuel Garcia started the sixth with a hit, was bunted over to second by Adam Stern (Nebraska), and reached third on a ground out by Stubby Clapp (Texas Tech). The next batter walked, then Scott Thorman flied out, stranding Garcia on third.
In the eighth, Chris Robinson (Illinois) got a leadoff hit, was bunted to second, and went to third on a ground out. Clapp then grounded out to end the inning.
Jeong was the only Korean to get past second base, and he was also to only player on either team to get more than one hit.
Canada’s next game is at 10:30 PM EDT on Friday, against the USA. The game after that is Sunday at 10:30 EDT, against Japan.
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