The Canadian national men's baseball team did little to dampen its Olympic hopes with a strong showing at a five-game exhibition series in Gold Coast, Australia.
Jimmy VanOstrand of Richmond, B.C., doubled, homered and scored twice, while starter Jonathan Lockwood of Toronto allowed one hit and struck out two over three innings in a 4-1 win over the hosts on Monday.
Canada finished with a 3-1-1 record ahead of the Olympic qualifier, where three berths for the Beijing Games (Aug. 8-24) are up for grabs. The tourney runs March 7-15 in Taipei.
Jamie Richmond of Mississauga, Ont., allowed two hits over three innings. Alexandre Picard of St. Eustache, Que., gave up the lone run on three hits over two innings.
"It was a good outing for everybody today," said Canada manager Terry Puhl. "Lockwood was outstanding and he's going to be a workhorse for us going forward. Richmond did what he always does and Periard was solid as well."
David Corrente of Chatham, Ont., had a solo homer for Canada.
"We have all the tools here to [secure an Olympic berth]," said Puhl. "We just need to stick to our game and we'll get the results that we want."