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Calhoun Drives in Six as
Arizona State Knocks Out UNC
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – Rosenblatt is becoming a Kole
Junior outfielder Kole Calhoun had a grand slam
in the fifth to tie the game and a two-run double in the seventh
to break the tie and spark an eight-run outburst as Arizona
State defeated North Carolina 12-5 in an elimination game at the
College World Series Thursday in front of 25,001 fans at
The fifth-seeded Sun Devils (51-13) will face
top-seeded Texas on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. ASU will have to beat
the Longhorns on both Friday and Saturday to advance to the
championship series. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels finish the
season with a 48-18 record.
Trailing 4-0, ASU loaded the bases in the fifth
on a walk, a fielder’s choice, a hit batsman and a walk. Calhoun
worked a full count before blasting his 12th dinger to knot the
score at 4-4.
“I had worked the count back into my favor, got
it to 3-2,” Calhoun said. “He gave me a slider. I was trying to
get something up and not chase anything down. I put a good swing
on it and it took off.”
It was Calhoun’s third home run in the College
World Series and second against the Tar Heels.
“The job Calhoun did, he’s done everything clutch
you can do here for our two victories,” ASU head coach Pat
a single and a walk to start the seventh, Calhoun had a two-run
double to break the tie and ignite an eight-run rally for ASU.
The Sun Devils sent 13 to the plate and used five hits, four
walks and a hit batsman in the uprising. Zack MacPhee and Drew
Maggi both had two-run singles in the seventh for the Sun
Jason Kipnis (left) had two hits and two runs for
UNC started the scoring in the top of the second.
Mark Fleury had a leadoff walk and was forced at second on a
fielder’s choice hit in by Levi Michael. Ben Bunting reached
second on a throwing error by the shortstop, moving Michael to
third. Jacob Stallings put a safety squeeze between the pitcher
and first baseman, allowing Michael to score the game’s first
Stallings had another safety squeeze in the
fourth to score Garrett Gore, and both Mike Cavasinni and Ryan
Graepel has two-out RBI singles as the Tar Heels pushed their
lead to 4-0.
Ackley (right) had a single and scored in the ninth for UNC to
make the final 12-5. The base hit gave Ackley a 22-game hit
streak in the NCAA Tournament and a 14-game hit streak in the
College World Series, believed to be a record. It was his 28th
career hit in Omaha, also a CWS record.
“I came here and started playing every day and
realized that we had teams that were capable of going to the
College World Series,” Ackley said. “It was a great run and I
can’t think of any other guys I’d rather do it with and end it
out here in a place like this, on a stage like this. People
dream about playing out here.”
Gore also set a record by playing in his 21st
College World Series contest.
“For myself, I came in just wanting to play,”
Gore said. “Coach Fox saw something in me that most didn’t. He
gave me a chance to play and I wind up here four years in a row.
I enjoyed every minute of it. This place is great. It was an
unbelievable experience for me. I’ve seen my baseball career end
in one of the greatest places in college baseball.”
The Tar Heels have been to Omaha each of the past
“These kids getting us here four years in a row
is just an unbelievable accomplishment,” UNC head coach Mike Fox
said. “They’re a special group of young men and it’s been a
Josh Spence (10-1), working on three days rest,
pitched seven innings with seven hits, four runs, three earned
runs, two walks and eight strikeouts.
“I wouldn’t say I was tired,” Spence said. “I got
caught up in the moment a little bit when I gave up that
three-spot. I’m blessed to have such a poised coaching staff and
such a poised catcher to keep me in line and allow me to be my
best through the next couple innings.”
Spence threw 126 pitches after tossing 122 in
seven innings Sunday against the Tar Heels.
“I’m proud of our ball club,” Murphy said, “the
job that Josh did, and [catcher] Carlos [Ramirez] working with
him. I was really, really proud to see that kid go out and
compete on three days rest. Things weren’t looking good, and to
see him compete the way he did was really, really special.”
Matt Harvey was the starter for UNC, going 4.1
innings with two hits, three earned runs, five walks and three
strikeouts. He set a CWS single-game record with four wild
pitches. Colin Bates (4-4) allowed two runs in two-thirds of an
inning to take the loss.
Gore, Bunting, Cavasinni and Kyle Seager each had
two hits for UNC.
(photo courtesy of ASU
Media Relations Office)