EASLEY — In what may be a preview to Tuesday’s International semi-final game, Chinese Taipei broke out of a close game with a three-run fifth inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over Venezuela Saturday in the Big League World Series at the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex.
Taipei, making its first appearance in the Big League World Series since 1996, ran its record 2-0 in the tournament. Venezuela, the Latin America champion, dropped to 2-1.
The Asia-Pacific champions scored first on a RBI double by Fan Kup Chen to take a 1-0 lead.
Venezuela tied the game in the bottom of the second when Diego Paz singled home Jonitz Carruyo.
Taipei struck back in the top of the third when Fan Kuo Chen got his second RBI of the game with a single scoring Lin Hung Wei to take a 2-1 lead.
Taipei added three runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 5-1 and two more in the seventh for the final margin.
Fan Kuo Chen and and Lin Chen Fei led Taipei with three hits and two runs scored each. Lin Hung Wei scored three runs for the Asia-Pacific champions. Four pitchers scattered seven hits over seven innings without a walk or a strikeout.
Venezuela was led by Manuel Rodrigez who had two of the seven Latin America hits. Venezuela pitchers gave up 11 hits, but only three of the seven runs scored by Taipei. Venezuela walked five Taipei batters and struck out five.
Chinese Taipei plays Mexico at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and has its final game of pool play Monday at 9 a.m. against Canada. Venezuela plays its final game of pool play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday against Germany, champions of the Europe-Africa region.