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Netherlands 3, Italy 2

September 24, 2000

BLACKTOWN, Australia (AP) _ Hensley Meulens hit a two-run homer Sunday as the Netherlands wrapped up its Olympic baseball tournament with a quick 3-2 victory over Italy.

Two teams already eliminated from medal competition played the fastest game in Olympic baseball history at 2 hours, 13 minutes. Italy beat Australia 8-7 in 12 innings the previous night in the longest game in Olympic history _ 4:25.

Meulens hit a two-out homer in the first and the Netherlands (3-4) added a run in the fourth with the help of an error.

Daniele Frignani hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Italy (3-4).

Meulens had the biggest hit in Dutch baseball history during the tournament, a bases-loaded double that set up a 4-2 upset of Cuba.

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