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EC Regensburg: Unipol Bologna Caps Off Championship with Walk Off Win

EC Regensburg: Unipol Bologna Caps Off Championship with Walk Off Win

Unipol Bologna used a bottom of the ninth rally to make a comeback and win the European Cup in Regensburg, Germany on Sunday. Bologna defeated fellow Italian Baseball League team T&A San Marino 7-6 with a walk off single by Alessandro Vaglio (4-for-5) to earn a trip to the European Cup Final in August.

Unipol Bologna didn’t get a great start out of Matteo D’Angelo who lasted just 2.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits. However, reliever Raul Rivero came in to pitch well in relief tossing six innings. Rivero allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out seven. With the walk off, reliever Nicholas Pugliese picked up the win tossing just 0.2 innings.

Darwin Cubillan took the loss in relief for San Marino. He pitched well in the seventh and eighth, but failed to record an out in the ninth inning giving up two runs.

Unipol Bologna fought back several times after trailing 4-0 early in the game. San Marino jumped out early with three runs in the top of the first all on a Jaro Ramos (1-for-3) three-run home run. Bologna slowly came back and finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh with two runs to take a 5-4 lead only to see it slip away an inning later.

Bologna gave up its only unearned run in the top of the ninth inning and it looked like San Marino would claim the championship. However, Bologna came back strong in the bottom of the ninth.

Nicholas Nosti (2-for-4/3 stolen bases) led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and then quickly stole second base for Bologna. After a walk to Claudio Liverziani (0-for-4) walked, Chris Aguila (2-for-4) singled to tie the game. Daniele Malengo, who pinch-ran earlier, was then intentionally walked to load the bases and set up the double play. However, that backfired for San Marino as the next hitter, Alessandro Vaglio singled on a 1-1 count to win the game and championship for Bologna.

The win capped off a perfect tournament for Unipol Bolona who went 5-0 in the round robin play.

Final Round Robin Standings:

1. Unipol Bologna 5-0
2. T&A San Marino 3-2
3. L&D Amsterdam 3-2
4. Eagles Prague 2-3
5. Buchbinder Leagionaere 2-3
6. Bern Cardinals 0-5

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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