Sun Devils Headed To Omaha

June 13, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Joe Persichina hit a tiebreaking homer in theseventh inning and Arizona State rallied from a five-run deficit and hung on toeliminate defending national champion Cal State-Fullerton with a 9-8 winSunday.

The Sun Devils, who lost the first game of the best-of-three super regionalseries when a balk was called during an intentional walk, advanced to theCollege World Series in Omaha, Neb., for the first time since 1998.

Persichina's solo shot gave Arizona State an 8-7 lead and J.J. Sferra drovein a run on a groundout in the top of the ninth.

Brett Bordes gave up a solo homer to Brett Pill leading off the bottom ofthe inning, but retired the next three batters for his fourth save. JasonUrquidez (10-4) won.

Tuffy Gosewisch had five hits and three RBIs to help the Sun Devils (39-23)come back from a 7-2 deficit.

Andrew Romine hit his first career homer to make it 7-5 in the sixth inning.Sergio Pedroza homered in the fourth for the Titans (46-18).

Vinnie Pestano (3-4) took the loss.

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