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
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
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.
Kent State and Arizona State
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
Mike Leake (Courtesy of ASU Media Relations)
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