This is the last game for both teams and a huge one for the Netherlands. If they lose, they could be out of the second round. However, with a win they might advance depending on the other game of the day.
So let’s take a look at who each team will send to the hill to start.
Dushan Ruzic will get the start today for Team Australia. The right-hander was originally signed by the Florida Marlins in 2005. He got as high as Double-A with the Cincinnati Reds organization before moving on to pitch in Europe.
Ruzic has some experience with the Netherlands having pitched in the Dutch Major League from 2008-2010. He has also pitched internationally in Italy and this past off season in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite where he went 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings.
He pitched in relief in Game 1 coming in to pitch 1.1 innings against Chinese Taipei. He allowed just one hit and one walk during that time.
Rob Cordemans will get the start for the Dutch. The right-handed starter has been one of the top pitchers in the Dutch Major League for years. He has been named the top pitcher of the league seven times.
In 2012, he pitched for the Amsterdam Pirates and was named MVP after posting a 10-1 record with an ERA of just 0.22 over 80.2 innings of work.
Cordemans has extensive international experience having participated in four Olympics, seven World Cups, and the past two World Baseball Classics. He has pitched 9.1 innings over four games (one start) at the WBC and allowed just two runs on six hits.