by Mike Potter
Solo homers from Daniel Descalso and Buck Coats led the way as Team USA topped Mexico 7-3 in Vicenza, Italy, earning the defending champions a spot in the final round of the IBAF World Cup.
Terry Tiffee (pictured) led the winners with a 4-for-5 day.
The USA got a run in the third on Lucas May's double, and then made it 2-0 in the fourth when former Durham Bull Jon Weber reached on a fielder's choice.
Descalso's homer came in the fifth inning and Coats' in the sixth.
Trevor Reckling (2-0) was the winning pitcher.
The USA will face Italy on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Turin. Kasey Kiker is the scheduled starter for the Red, White and Blue.