TEXAS 13, INDIANA 3
Jordan Cardenas hit his second homer of the tournament and Zachary Sanchez also went deep for Texas, which broke open a one-run game by scoring six in the fourth.
Texas' top four hitters in Cardenas, Sanchez, Landry Wideman and Seth Morrow set the pace by combining to go 8 for 14 with nine runs and seven RBIs.
The offensive outbreak in the sixth broke a 1-for-18 stretch with runners in scoring position.
"That happens all the time with this team," Texas manager Jack Wideman Jr. said. "I told the kids it's a six inning game, we will fight through it."
Hunter McCubbins clubbed a two-run homer in the first for Indiana, which was must now play an elimination game Monday night against Connecticut.
Indiana manager Tim Porter isn't worried. His team's improbable run to the World Series began as the eighth seed at states.
"The bump in the road is almost expected with this team. The sun will come up tomorrow, we are playing a baseball game and we wake up in Williamsport," Porter said. "This is just a game, not the end of the world."
JAPAN 2, TAIWAN 0
Ninth-place hitter Motegi clubbed the biggest hit of the night in a game in South Williamsport. It was the first time he had hit a homer to end a game.
"When I hit it, I didn't realize it was going to be a home run," he said through interpreter Yuichi Ishibashi.
Japan and Taiwan combined for 30 strikeouts. Japan frittered away other chances late to win, including the eighth with the bases loaded and one out. But Taiwan reliever Cheng-Kai Hu came on to strike out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Taiwan manager Cheng-Ta Lee said he wasn't surprised by the ending given that his team also couldn't come up with some big hits.
"I told the players to cheer up," he said through translator Sam Cheng. "It's just the beginning of their baseball careers ... Enjoy the moment here."
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