Tiffee, Team USA beat Mexico, 7-3
The defending champs clinch berth in the Final Round
Lucas May kicked things off for the U.S. with an RBI double to the center-field wall in the second inning, and Jon Weber added a fielder's choice RBI in the fourth for an early 2-0 lead on Mexico starter Andres Meza.
Team USA then spread five runs over the next three innings to put Mexico away. Descalso's homer to right field scored the U.S.'s third run, and Terry Tiffee RBI single to right capped the scoring in the fifth.
Coat's added a solo shot to right-center in the sixth, and Tiffee and Pedro Alvarez capped the U.S. offense with an RBI each in the seventh inning, clinching the 7-3 victory.
USA starter Trevor Reckling (2-0) gave up three runs in his five innings of work, striking out three batters for his second victory of the World Cup. Ehren Wassermann pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the U.S., and Nate Field closed out the game in the ninth.
Tiffee went 4-for-5 with two RBIs while Justin Smoak, Josh Kroeger and Lucas May finished with two hits apiece.
The U.S. will face Italy on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) at Stadio Paschetto Baseball I in Torino. Italy dealt the U.S. its lone loss during its 2007 Baseball World Cup Championship run. Kasey Kiker is expected to take the mound for the Red, White and Blue.
The defending champion, Team USA clinched a spot in the Final Round of the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup with the 7-3 victory. The Final Round will be played in Italy starting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Trevor Plouffe has registered a hit in the last seven games, currently the longest hitting streak for Team USA in the 2009 World Cup.