In Israel’s second game of the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Florida, former Duke baseball player Nate Freiman again led Israel to a victory. Israel beat Spain, 4-2 and are headed to the qualifier finals on Sunday.
Freiman again led Israel with his powerful bat.
The game between the two 1-0 teams was a pitcher’s duel until Freiman struck in the top of the 6th inning. He hit a two-run homerun with one out (the base runner reached on an error). He struck again in the 8th inning with another one out two-run homerun.
That gives Freiman four homeruns in two games (nine at-bats). He has scored four runs and driven in six. I’m thinking whoever faces Israel in the finals should not throw him a strike. The two hitters following Freiman in the order have yet to pick up a hit.
Fellow former Blue Devil Jake Lemmerman again started at shortstop, but picked up his first WBC hit, a single in the 5th inning.
The two former Duke players will face the winner of Saturday night’s game (between Spain and either France or South Africa).
*Don’t forget, all the qualifier games are being live streamed on the World Baseball Classic website.