Arizona State Wins NCAA Tempe Regional, Advances To Third Straight Super Regional

May 31, 2009

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Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - A four-run sixth inning was the difference as the Arizona State University baseball team clinched a trip to their third straight Super Regionals with an 8-3 victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday to win the Tempe Regional. The Sun Devils improved to 47-12 overall with the win in front of a crowd of 3,467 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. They will host either Clemson or Oklahoma State next weekend in a Super Regional. Days and times will be announced next week.

After falling behind 3-0 to Oral Roberts in the first and getting just one hit through the first five innings, the Sun Devils rallied in bottom of the sixth. Carlos Ramirez began the inning with a walk, Kole Calhoun followed with a single and Matt Newman walked to load the bases with no outs. Johnny Ruettiger then drew a walk to bring in a run, and two batters later, Calhoun would score from third on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Zack MacPhee then provided the big blow, with a two-out, two-run single over the head of Oral Roberts third baseman Colby Price to put ASU in front.

The Sun Devils would add three more runs in the eighth. Riccio Torrez drove in one with a single, and Jared McDonald followed him with a two-run inside the park home run down the right field line. It was the first inside the park home run by ASU this season.

Seth Blair got the win on the mound to improve to 7-2, allowing four hits and three unearned runs with seven strikeouts over six innings. After giving up the three unearned runs in the first, Blair bounced back and allowed just one hit and no runs over the next five innings.

Mitchell Lambson then threw three innings of perfect relief, striking out four, to earn his fourth save of the season and secure the win for the Sun Devils.

It is the third straight season and fourth time in the last five years that ASU has advanced to the Super Regional round.

Mike Leake was named Tempe Regional Most Outstanding Player after his complete game victory on Saturday, and he was joined on the Regional All-Tournament Team by Calhoun, MacPhee, Ruettiger and Jason Kipnis. Leake was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tempe Regional in 2007.

The Sun Devils will host the winner of Monday's game between Clemson and Oklahoma State in the Clemson Regional in a best-of-three Super Regional beginning either Friday or Saturday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

Fort Worth Regional

FORT WORTH, Texas - Oregon State had a chance late in the game but fell to Texas Christian University 5-4 Sunday night ending its season at the Fort Worth Regional.

Oregon State (37-19) had an early 4-0 lead but saw it dwindle away as the Horned Frogs fought back to tie the game with one run in the third and three runs in the fifth inning before heading into the ninth inning tied 4-4.

The Beavers had a chance in the top of the ninth when John Wallace singled to center field with one out. Wallace advanced to second on a Joey Wong grounded to first base for the second out. John Tommasini came to bat having driven in four runs in the previous three games of the Fort Worth Regional but struck out looking to end the Beavers chances in the ninth.

Norman Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma scored five times in the bottom of the seventh and defeated Washington State 7-2 in an elimination game at the NCAA Division I Baseball Norman Regional, Sunday.

The win improved ninth-ranked and No. 7 overall seed Oklahoma to 43-19 while the 24th-ranked and regional's No. 3 seed Washington State's season ended at 32-25.

'Oklahoma is the best offensive team one-through-nine in the country,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'I am proud of the way our guys battled, not only today, but all season long. I promise you this (the postseason) will not be a one-time thing for us.'

With the game tied 2-2, Sooners' pinch hitter Chris Ellison singled and Jamie Johnson was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no one out. That ended the day for Cougar redshirt-freshman starter David Stilley (3-3). Junior Connor Lambert entered the game and yielded a bunt single to Matt Harughty. Lambert struck out Bryant Hernandez, but J.T. Wise singled to third off the glove of a diving sophomore Matt Argyropoulos and the Sooners took a 3-2 lead.

Freshman Adam Conley came in to relieve Lambert and the first pitch he threw was belted over the right field wall by Aaron Baker for a grand slam and a 7-2 advantage.

Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Hernandez off Stilley. In the top of the second, senior Greg Lagreid walked on four pitches to open the frame. Junior Michael Weber's at bat was prolonged when Hernandez, the Sooners' shortstop, overran a foul pop up down the left field line. Weber took advantage with a home run over the right field wall to tie the game 2-2.

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