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The Canadian national team whipped Australia 10-1 in the second game of a five-game exhibition series in preparation for next month's Olympic baseball qualifying tournament.

Matt Rogelstad of New Westminster, B.C., belted a grand slam in the first inning, one of four home runs for Canada on the day.

"You could see this team has a lot of power," said manager Terry Puhl. "It's going to be fun."

Canada finished with 15 hits.

"Today guys got a lot of good swings," said Adam Stern of London, Ont. "Now it's going to be getting (timing) down."

Stern, Nick Weglarz of Stevensville, Ont., and Mike Saunders of Victoria also went deep for Canada.

Starter Jamie Richmond of Mississauga, Ont., allowed two walks and struck out two over a pair of no-hit innings.

"Jamie's been pitching with a lot of confidence really early," said Puhl. "He did well for us at the World Cup and he's going to be a big part of our pitching staff."

Jonathan Lockwood of Toronto gave up one run over two innings. Alexandre Periard of St. Eustache, Que., and T.J. Burton of Ottawa combined to allow one walk over three innings.

The teams will meet again Saturday.

The Olympic qualifier, where three berths for the Beijing Games are up for grabs, runs March 7-15 in Taipei.

 

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