Arizona State Falls To Texas, 10-6, In CWS
June 16, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Cameron Rupp's second home run of the game broke a seventh-inning tie and Texas overcame a six-run deficit to beat Arizona State 10-6 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
Rupp drove Mitchell Lambson's first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field wall to give the Longhorns the lead. He also hit a three-run homer to start Texas' comeback in the fourth.
No. 1-seeded Texas (48-14-1) is 2-0 in the CWS and has advanced to the Bracket 2 final on Friday. The Longhorns need one more win to reach next week's best-of-three championship round. They will play either ASU (50-13) or North Carolina on Friday.
Freshman Taylor Jungmann (10-3) earned his second win in relief at the CWS, holding ASU to two hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Lambson (9-4) took the loss.
An anticipated pitchers' duel between the nation's top two staffs never materialized. Arizona State came in with a 2.76 ERA, and Texas was at 2.86.
Texas jumped on ASU star Mike Leake for six runs in the fourth and finished with 15 hits in a game that lasted 4 hours, 4 minutes.
Leake, the No. 8 pick by the Cincinnati Reds and the Pac-10 pitcher of the year, had come in with a 1.36 ERA, which ranked second only to San Diego State star and No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg.
The six runs were the most given up this season by Leake, whose 3 1/3-inning outing marked the shortest of his 17 starts. He had gone at least seven innings in his previous 15 starts and hadn't gone fewer than six until Tuesday. He gave up eight hits and walked two.
Texas sophomore Chance Ruffin was knocked out with none out in the third for the shortest start of his career.
Jungman, who got two outs in Sunday's 7-6 win over Southern Mississippi, struck out six, walked one and only allowed a single to Kole Calhoun in the sixth and Johnny Ruettiger's infield hit in the ninth.
After Rupp put Texas in front, Kevin Keyes' double into the right-center gap and Brandon Loy's two-run single off Seth Blair in the eighth provided some insurance for the Longhorns, 40-0-1 when leading after seven innings.
Rupp became the first player to hit two home runs in a CWS game since Fresno State's Steve Detwiler did it in last year's finals against Georgia.