June 8, 2008
Sun Devils Stop Bulldogs
ASU one win away from Omaha
The State Press
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TEMPE, Ariz. - Great success often comes at a great cost.
Take the ASU baseball program for example, which
after Saturday night’s 12-4 defeat of Fresno State, is just one
game away from the College World Series.
So what’s ASU have to sacrifice?
How about the possibility of losing 14 players
next year, thanks to the Major League Baseball draft that was
held earlier this week.
The first seven batters in the Sun Devil lineup
all had their names called on draft day, and were largely
responsible for ASU’s latest outburst, in Game 1 of the NCAA
Super Regionals in Tempe, Ariz.
“I was talking to [ASU first baseman and the 18th
overall pick] Ike [Davis] about it this morning,” ASU catcher
Petey Paramore said. “We’ve only got a few games left to put our
mark on ASU’s history. We want to go out with something
ASU leadoff man – and Chicago Cubs draftee – Ryan
Sontag highlighted the Sun Devil offense, going 2 for 4 with a
pair of home runs while scoring three runs and collecting four
Aside from the usual long ball, ASU also showed
it could also manufacture runs by using some small-ball.
ASU held a 3-1 lead before breaking it open with
five in the fifth, using seven singles in the process.
By the time ASU second baseman Raoul Torrez
plated Kiel Roling with a single to left field, the Sun Devils
held an 8-1 advantage.
“ASU’s a great ball club,” Fresno State
outfielder Steve Susdorf said. “If you make mistakes, they’re
going to make you pay, and that’s exactly what happened
Fresno State committed four errors during the
contest, resulting in four unearned runs.
Coupled with another one of starter Mike Leake’s
vintage performances, ASU had the game well in hand.
Leake tossed 7.2 innings, allowing four runs (two
earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.
He stumbled a bit out of the gate, allowing a run
in the initial frame, but would take control of the contest in
the next few innings, retiring 14 of the next 15 batters he
“Mike Leake is as good a college pitcher as
you’re going to find,” ASU coach Pat Murphy said. “I’ll put him
against anybody in the country. Think about when he hasn’t done
the job. The kid goes out there every time and gets it done.”
Fresno State would chase Leake in the eighth
after cutting the deficit to 8-4. ASU would tack on four more of
its own, however, in the bottom of the frame to bring the score
to its final margin.
The top four hitters in the ASU lineup did most
of the brunt work, going a combined 10 for 19 and accounting for
eight runs and five RBI.
The Sun Devils can advance to their third CWS in
four years with another victory over the Bulldogs Sunday night