The Black Sox have posted back-to-back wins on the penultimate day of the Challenge Cup softball tournament in Auckland.
New Zealand's followed up its resounding 8-1 mercy rule win over the Czech Republic, by beating Australia 5-4.
Home runs to skipper Thomas Enoka and third baseman Joshua Harbrow gave the Kiwis a sterling start, but the Australians hit back with a homer of their own to Lewis Weldon at the bottom of the second.
The Kiwis piled on three more runs at the top of the fifth to open out a 5-1 lead, Australia reducing the margin to just one after James Brownlow, Mark Harris and Brendon O'Byrne crossed.
Tight defensive work from the Black Sox infield in the seventh inning saw the Kiwis home.
The Black Sox will face Argentina tonight in what's likely to be a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's final.