GREENWELL Point's Tim Atherton and his Australian men's baseball team will face host Japan in its opening game of the Premier12 super round, as its chases a first medal at a major event since claiming silver at the 2004 Olympics.
Team Australia's spot in the Premier12's final six teams was confirmed following Korea's victory over Cuba in the final game of the opening round at Seoul's Gocheok Sky Dome.
Australia will also face Mexico, the US and Chinese Taipei in the super round, with its 5-nil loss to Korea in the opening round carrying over.
Logan Wade's two-run triple in the eighth inning lifted Australia to a 3-1 win over Canada on Friday to stay alive in the tournament - after suffering earlier losses to both Korea (5-nil) and Cuba (3-2).
Korea's 7-nil win over Cuba confirmed Australia's spot in the final six at its Premier12 debut.
Australia will be chasing its first medal at a major event since claiming silver at the 2004 Olympics.
Since then Australia's best finish has been fifth at the World Cup in 2009 and 2011.
It has failed to advance past the opening round at each of the four World Baseball Classic events.