Arizona State Eliminates Tennessee From CWS, 4-2
June 19, 2005
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arizona State responded again when a loss would have sentthe Sun Devils home.
Seth Dhaenens hit a go-ahead double in a three-run, eighth-inning rally andArizona State eliminated Tennessee from the College World Series with a 4-2victory Sunday.
The Sun Devils (40-24) were on the verge of elimination last weekend intheir super regional at defending national champion Cal State Fullerton. Afterlosing the opener when a balk on an intentional walk allowed the winning run toscore, ASU came back and won the next two games to earn a trip to Omaha.
Blanked for six innings Sunday by Tennessee freshman lefty James Adkins andtrailing 2-0, the Sun Devils got one back in the seventh and then took the leadin the eighth.
Tuffy Gosewisch and Zechry Zinicola opened with opposite-field singles andthen Joey Hooft chopped a ball over first baseman Alex Suarez's head for adouble that tied it at 2.
Dhaenens, who'd entered the game as a replacement in the sixth and made anerror in the seventh, then doubled to left center to put the Sun Devils ahead.J.J. Sferrahit a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 cushion.
That finished Adkins (10-5) after 125 pitches. The lanky 6-5 freshman gaveup eight hits and four runs in 7 1-3 innings.
ASU reliever Pat Bresnehan (5-4), who pitched the final 3 1-3 innings afterreplacing starter Erik Averill, got the win, allowing just two hits.
Averill gave up eight hits and a pair of runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Travis Buck had four of Arizona State's nine hits and was tagged out tryingto steal home with the bases loaded in the ninth.
The Sun Devils finally broke through against Adkins in the seventh when Buckhad an RBI single.
Tennessee got two singles in the eighth and had runners on second and thirdwith two outs before ASU first baseman Jeff Larish made a diving catch ofSuarez's foul pop near the tarp.
Tennessee, which lost to Florida in the opening round, finished 46-21.
J.P. Arencibia, who broke Todd Helton's freshman record of 11 homers set forthe Vols in 1993, connected for his 14th in the first off Averill.
Tennessee added a run for a 2-0 lead in the fifth on back-to-back one-outdoubles by Suarez and Josh Alley. After the Vols loaded the bases on a hitbatsman and walk, Averill retired Eli Iorg on a fielder's choice bouncer toshort.
ASU was without freshman pitcher Seth Garrison, who underwent an emergencyappendectomy early Sunday. His teammates hung his No. 17 in the dugout.