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mojoscowboys43
06-21-2005, 07:37 PM
Nebraska eliminated by the Sun Devils
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Jeff Larish matched a College World Series record with three homers, and J.J. Sferra drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the 11th inning as Arizona State rallied for an 8-7 victory Tuesday and eliminated hometown favorite Nebraska.

Larish's record-tying third homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth, and Sferra's single in the 11th punctuated the 4-hour, 7-minute game, sending the Sun Devils (41-24) against No. 7 Florida on Wednesday. Arizona State needs to beat the Gators twice to reach the championship round.

Larish's two-out, ninth-inning drive over the center-field wall off Brett Jensen made him only the third player in CWS history to hit three homers, matching the record set by Florida State's J.D. Drew in 1995 and tied by Stanford's Edmund Muth in 2000.

The homer also negated Andy Gerch's three-run blast for Nebraska (57-15) in the top of the ninth which gave the Huskers a 7-5 lead.

Larish, who bats left-handed, led off the game with an opposite-field shot and homered to right in the third. He now has 23 homers.

But it was a blooper in the 11th that won the game for the Sun Devils.

Joey Hooft led off the 11th with a single and moved to second on Seth Dhaenens' sacrifice. Sferra, a 150-pound freshman who was the bat boy when ASU last appeared in Omaha in 1998, then popped a Tony Watson pitch into short right center to score Hooft.

Zechry Zinicola (4-4), who was held out of the starting lineup as designated hitter because of a bloody nose, came on in the 10th and earned the win.

Jensen (3-5) took the loss after the Sun Devils rallied to force extra innings.

Dhaenens reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the ninth and scored on Joe Persichnia's sacrifice fly. Center fielder Daniel Bruce made a great catch on the play and was able to double off Sferra for the second out, clearing the bases.

Then, Larish teed off again to tie the game.

Down 5-3 in the top of the ninth against ASU reliever Pat Bresnehan, Jesse Boyer singled and Joe Simokaitis walked for the fourth time. Alex Gordon made it 5-4 with a hard grounder that shortstop Persichnia couldn't handle.

Gerch then drove an 0-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers, barely clearing the wall for his fourth home run and Nebraska's first three-run homer since March 23.

The Sun Devils scored twice in the bottom of the seventh after Nebraska misplayed a foul pop by Colin Curtis that could have ended the inning. First baseman Curtis Ledbetter, who had two errors in Sunday's loss to Florida, backed away to let second baseman Ryan Wehrle make the catch, but the ball dropped between them near the coach's box.

Curtis sent the next pitch up the middle to break a 3-3 tie, and another run scored when center fielder Daniel Bruce made a bad throw back to the infield.

The Huskers used three singles, a hit batter, a Jason Urquidez bases-loaded balk and a suicide squeeze to manufacture a 3-2 lead in the fourth.

Urquidez hit Bruce to load the bases, then he balked while making a pickoff move to first, allowing Brandon Buckman to trot home from third.

The play was reminiscent of the Sun Devils' super-regional loss to Cal State Fullerton, in which Zinicola's bases-loaded balk in the bottom of the ninth inning forced in the winning run.

After Urquidez's balk, Andy Gerch charged home from third for the tying run as Ryan Wehrle dropped a bunt down the first-base line. Jeff Christy broke the tie with a hit up the middle.

Urquidez, working on three days' rest after going two innings Friday as the starter in a 5-3 first-round loss to Nebraska, left Tuesday's game after walking Joe Simokaitis starting the fifth.

ASU tied it in a bottom half that started painfully for ASU's Andrew Romine. Romine left with a cut under his right eye after a Kroenke pitch deflected off his hands into his face. Persichnia ran for Romine and scored on Colin Curtis' two-out single.

BibbysTowelDude
06-21-2005, 07:53 PM
It was an amazing game!!!

Morgan
06-21-2005, 10:16 PM
Best College Baseball game I have ever watched...seriously. Not the most well played but the most exciting.

BibbysTowelDude
06-21-2005, 11:16 PM
I bet there is a lot of ASU Baseball fans eating crow right about Murph eh Mogan?

wassupcats
06-21-2005, 11:54 PM
Anyone see the postgame? Murphy said something to the effect (jokingly, of course) that he threatened to shoot one of his players if he didn't get 3 hits today. Haha, talk about intimidation.

JMarkJohns
06-22-2005, 12:00 AM
It was a great game. I couldn't believe they blew the 2-run lead in the top of the ninth, then couldn't believe that Larisch (?) got his 3rd HR of the game to tie it and send it to extras. Unbelievable inning.

BibbysTowelDude
06-22-2005, 12:57 AM
Larish was bombin today thats for sure...

Morgan
06-22-2005, 01:11 AM
I bet there is a lot of ASU Baseball fans eating crow right about Murph eh Mogan?

No. Twice in 11 years or whatever is not good enough. I am enjoying this but that doesn't mean he is a great manager.

BibbysTowelDude
06-22-2005, 01:29 AM
Well Yeah but say he guides you to the title, how man titles does the guy have to win? College Baseball is a lot harder to dominate then it used to be...

SunDevilScott
06-22-2005, 09:25 AM
Well Yeah but say he guides you to the title, how man titles does the guy have to win? College Baseball is a lot harder to dominate then it used to be...

OK I am going to have to agree with BTD here. Murph gets a pass for a while.

KrazyCatFan
06-22-2005, 12:24 PM
saw this game at the bumsteer. saw it was one and stayed and watched it the whole time. amazing game. congrats to the scummies

catgrad97
06-22-2005, 05:07 PM
Best College Baseball game I have ever watched...seriously. Not the most well played but the most exciting.

Agreed Morgan. There were so many momentum shifts...I thought ASU had really choked the game away in the ninth after Gerch's homer. Props to the Devils for never giving up--especially Josh Halsted, who will never have another game like he did yesterday.

Any odds on whether the Devils can take at least one game from the Gators?

WilmasPimp
06-22-2005, 05:10 PM
Any odds on whether the Devils can take at least one game from the Gators?

Well considering they just beat Florida I'd say the odds are pretty good.