Chicago, IL – Not exactly a pitching clinic at Les Miller Field on a very pleasant Saturday as the University of Illinois Chicago Flames hosted the Butler Bulldogs for a Horizon League doubleheader. A combined 48 runs and 65 hits paired up with 6 errors made for an interesting 6:00 of baseball with UIC taking both games and sweeping the weekend series. The ball was flying out of the park in the early game with a total of 11 home runs smacked as the Flames won 21-11. In the second game doubles were more popular with a total of 13 hit in the UIC 12-4 win.
Tempe, AZ – A cross valley rivalry was refreshed after a seven year hiatus on a damp, cool and blustery Tuesday night. Winds gusted to 35 mph as Grand Canyon and Arizona State took to the field, but by the end of the game great pitching had even calmed the weather and the flags finished the game limp in center field.
Brady Rodgers got the start for ASU going 5.0 strong innings giving up just two hits while striking out six but registering a no decision. Replaced by Josh Moody in the top of the sixth the score was still tied at nil until Antelope pinch hitter Colin Courtland singled in two runs with a drive into center field.
Tempe, AZ – Mate, I don’t think anyone could have predicted Australian Josh Spence would be in this position. A late season tendon strain in the middle finger of his throwing hand had Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy predicting less than a five percent chance of Spence even throwing out of the bullpen in relief again this season. Then throw in a back injury during a comeback game. But on Sunday night a complete game effort proved to the college baseball world, ASU will be riding to Omaha on the back of two pitching aces this time. A five run fifth inning would be all the Sun Devils needed as the Tigers fell 8-2. Continue reading
Tempe, AZ – A Jason Kipnis home run onto Rural Road in the bottom of the first inning energized a sellout crowd of 4,381 on Saturday night at Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in game 1 of the Tempe Super Regional. And by the time the evening was over, Mike Leake had secured his nation leading 16 win of the season and the 40th of his ASU career. The 7 to 4 victory over the Clemson Tigers puts the Sun Devils one win away from a return to Omaha and the College World Series, while the Tigers now hope to emulate Fresno State of last year and take the next two.
For the third season in a row Arizona State University will host a Super Regional as the Clemson Tigers come to Tempe, with the winner advancing to Omaha and the College World Series. Action will get underway at Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark starting on Saturday at 6:00 . Continue reading
Tempe, AZ – Much like Top 40 radio, the hits just keep on coming in Tempe as Sunday’s early elimination game once again saw Oral Roberts and Kent State combine to mash out 32 hits and 25 runs. Yet Oral Roberts would make the ball fly deeper as five different Golden Eagles hit home runs in the 15 to 10 victory. The loss eliminated Kent State from Regional play and gave Oral Roberts another chance against Arizona State later in the day.
Hits were harder to come by in the later rematch game between Arizona State and Oral Roberts. But the pitching wasn’t quite as impressive as Saturday nights winners bracket game when both schools threw their ace. But the end result was the same, as the Sun Devils 8 to 3 victory would hand ORU its second loss of the Regional and end their season. The win will allow ASU to host it’s third straight Super Regional next weekend against the eventually winner of the Clemson Regional. Continue reading
Tempe, AZ – Saturday afternoon’s elimination game between Cal Poly and Kent State continued the hit parade and actually did two better than Friday, as the two teams combined for 31 hits. But although the Mustangs tallied one more hit, the Golden Flashes held on for a 10 to 9 victory.
In the evening’s winner bracket game things changed and pitching ruled the night, as the nations best pitcher faced off against the Summit League’s Pitcher of the Year and Oral Roberts perfect ace Mark Serrano. But Mike Leake was once again masterful from the dish for Arizona State, as he tied a career high with 15 strikeouts and was a fluke hit away from his third complete game shutout. ASU was victorious in the end 4 to 1, and will now await the results of Sunday afternoon Kent State versus Oral Roberts elimination game.
Tempe, AZ – Plenty of hits in the warm desert air on Friday as Cal Poly and Oral Roberts combined to smash 29 hits in the afternoon game, while Kent State and Arizona State bashed an equal 29 hits in the evening match up. But the favorites ruled the day as the Golden Eagles and Sun Devils both came away with impressive victories. Continue reading
Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark will host the 2009 NCAA Tempe Regional May 29 through June 1. Arizona State is hosting the Tempe Regional for the third straight year after winning its third straight Pac-10 Conference championship. The Sun Devils received the number 5 national seed after compiling a 44-12 record. Continue reading