Arizona State and UCLA Punch Tickets to Super Regionals; Arizona and Oregon State To Play Monday

June 4, 2007

Devils Advance To Super Regionals With 19-7 Win Over Nebraska

CJ Retherford's grand slam brings Super Regional to Tempe for first time

TEMPE, Ariz. - For the first time ever, Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark will host a Super Regional, as the Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 19-7 to win the Tempe Regional championship. CJ Retherford's grand slam in the seventh inning broke open a close game, as the Devils scored 10 runs in the final two innings to pick up the victory. ASU is now 46-13 on the season.

Nebraska jumped on starter Josh Satow early, scoring twice in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Kiel Roling erased the deficit in the bottom of the first, sending a three-run homer to right field to make it 3-2. A Matt Spencer RBI double made it 4-0 ASU after one.

The Devils added two more in the second, thanks to a Roling RBI single and an Ike Davis sacrifice fly that scored Eric Sogard. Nebraska added another in the third to cut it 6-3, but

ASU plated three more in the fifth to make it 9-3. CJ Retherford singled home Petey Paramore, then Matt Spencer scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Retherford came around to score on an RBI ground out by Tim Smith.

Nebraska would make it interesting in the sixth and seventh, scoring four times off Satow to cut the ASU lead to 9-7. Jason Jarvis would come on in relief of Satow in the seventh. He was the recipient of huge run support, thanks mostly to one swing from CJ Retherford. After ASU loaded the bases with no outs, Retherford smoked a 1-0 pitch into right field for a grand slam and a 13-7 lead. The Devils weren't finished, as Eric Sogard turned in an RBI single, then Jarvis doubled to right to score Sogard.

Arizona State would put it away in the ninth, scoring four more times to secure the win and advance to a Super Regional for the second time in three seasons. Josh Satow lasted six innings, striking out six and allowing seven runs to improve to 12-3 on the year. Jason Jarvis earned a save, his 11th of the year, extending his ASU freshman record.

Mike Jones, Kiel Roling, Matt Spencer and CJ Retherford all had two hits in the win. Brett Wallace had three, while Petey Paramore and Eric Sogard each had four. The three hits for Wallace vault him past the century mark this season, making him only the 24th player in school history to amass over 100 hits in a season. He is the first since Dustin Pedroia did it in 2003.

The Sun Devils will now host Mississippi in a Super Regional in Tempe. Game dates and times are to be determined.

Arizona State landed seven players on the All-Tempe Regional Team, led by the Most Outstanding Player, Mike Leake.

UCLA Advances to Super Regionals with 7-4 Win Over Long Beach State

Tim Murphy helped send UCLA to its first Super Regional since 2000

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Tim Murphy (5-4) hurled UCLA's second complete game in as many days to lead the No. 2-seeded Bruins past No. 1 seed Long Beach State, 7-4, Sunday evening at Blair Field. The win sends UCLA (33-26) into the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2000.

Murphy allowed three runs in the first inning before holding Long Beach State (39-20) to one run over the final eight frames. The sophomore left-hander struck out eight and walked three in his first collegiate complete game.

Second baseman Alden Carrithers led UCLA at the plate, as he hit 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis was named NCAA Long Beach Regional MVP after hitting 2-for-4 with one home run and two RBI in Sunday's victory. Curtis finished the weekend hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two runs, one home run, one double and three RBI.

Outfielders Justin Uribe and Brady Dolan each recorded two-hit efforts. Uribe registered a .545 (6-for-11) average in the Long Beach Regional after hitting 2-for-4 with one run on Sunday.

Long Beach State assumed a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-RBI double by center fielder Robert Perry and a run-scoring groundout by left fielder Steve Tinoco.

The Bruins cut Long Beach State's lead to 3-2 with a two-run third inning. Center fielder Justin Uribe led off the frame with a double to center field and moved to third on an infield single by left fielder Brady Dolan. Uribe scored on a dropped sacrifice fly ball by right fielder Jason Corder. Dolan reached home on an infield single by second baseman Alden Carrithers.

The Dirtbags added one more run in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI-single to center by first baseman Brandon Godfrey to lead 4-2.

UCLA took its first lead in the top of the fifth inning. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis led off with a solo blast over the left-field fence. With the bases loaded and nobody out, right fielder Gabe Cohen delivered a two-RBI double over Dirtbags center fielder Robert Perry, allowing Carrithers and Brandon Crawford to score and hand UCLA a 5-4 advantage. The Bruins added their sixth run on a sacrifice fly to center by first baseman Tim Stewart.

Designated hitter Cody Decker helped give UCLA a 7-4 lead with a two-out RBI-single to right field, allowing Carrithers to score from second.

Game Notes: UCLA earned its first win in three games against Long Beach State in 2007...the Bruins swept an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2000, when UCLA last advanced to the Super Regionals...UCLA pounded out 14 hits against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday and tallied 12 hits on Sunday against the Dirtbags.

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