Taiwan reaches semifinals of World University Baseball Championship

Taipei, Taiwan overpowered the Czech Republic 11-0 Sunday at the 2018 FISU World University Baseball Championship in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan, to reach the second round of the tournament.

The ease of the victory was largely down to a brilliant performance by starting pitcher Wei Shou-cheng (???), who gave up no hits in the first four innings.

Wei pitched in seven innings of the match and only gave up one hit in the fifth inning. His performance also included 10 strikeouts. The game ended in the eighth inning.

Taiwan defeated South Korea 11-2 Saturday in a Group-A game and with the win over the Czech team, now proceeds to the next round of the international baseball tournament.

The sixth FISU World University Baseball Championship, kicked off at Chiayi City Municipal Baseball Stadium on July 6 with the participation of teams from eight countries and territories, including the United States, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Australia and Taiwan. The final will be held on July 15.

The eight teams were divided into groups A and B. Group A consists of Taiwan, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Australia. Group B comprises Japan, the United States, Russia and Hong Kong.

In the first round, members of each group play each other on a round-robin basis and the top two in each group advance to the second round.

The four teams in the second round also play each other on a round-robin basis. The top two vie for the championship, while the third and fourth teams play for third place.

In Group A, South Korea beat Australia 20-5 Sunday, scoring two wins and one defeat in the round-one games. Australia has so far lost both its games.

Meanwhile, in Group B, Japan beat the United States 5-1 Sunday, securing two victories in the first round.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel