ASU baseball defeats UA, clinches Pac-10 title


May 23, 2008

No. 2 Arizona State clinched its second consecutive Pac-10 championship with a 13-6 win over Arizona Thursday night at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium in Tucson. The win marks the second straight year the Sun Devils have clinched the conference title against the rival Wildcats, and it improves their record to 45-9, 16-6 in the Pac-10.

ASU scored in each of the first eight innings and pounded out a season-high 21 hits in the victory. Five different Sun Devils had three or more hits in the game, with Jason">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/kipnis_jason00.html">Jason Kipnis and Petey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/paramore_petey00.html">... Paramore each going 4-for-5, Raoul">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/torrez_raoul00.html">Raoul Torrez and Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/sontag_ryan00.html">Ryan Sontag 3-for-5 and Brett">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/wallace_brett00.html">B... Wallace 3-for-6. Download Full Image

Josh">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/satow_josh00.html">Josh Satow started and went five innings, allowing four hits and three runs to earn the victory and improve to 8-3 on the season.

The Sun Devils got the scoring started with a two-run double by Ike">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/davis_ike00.html">Ike Davis down the right field line in the bottom of the first. ASU added three more in the next inning when Sontag scored on a wild pitch and Kipnis hit a two-run homer, his 13th of the season, to right center.

The Sun Devils extended their lead with a run in each of the next two innings, as Kipnis had an RBI single to center in the third and Kiel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/roling_kiel00.html">Kiel Roling drove in a run with a single in the fourth. Arizona cut into the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth off Satow, but the ASU offense answered with solo home runs in the next two innings. Wallace hit his team-leading 20th home run in the fifth and Sontag hit his fourth of the season in the sixth.

The Sun Devils continued to add to their lead in the seventh with a two-run single by Paramore.

Arizona scored three in the bottom half of the seventh, and ASU then capped off the scoring with two runs in the eighth. Kipnis drove in his fourth run of the night with a single up the middle, and Torrez then stole home for the final run. It was the second time Torrez has stolen home this season, with the first coming on May 11 in a win over Loyola Marymount.

The Sun Devils continue their three-game series with the Wildcats May 23, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Gary Campbell

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ASU baseball captures Pac-10 crown


May 23, 2008

The No. 2 ranked ASU Sun Devil baseball team clinched its second consecutive Pac-10 championship with a 13-6 win over Arizona May 22 in Tucson.

The win marks the second straight year the Sun Devils have clinched the conference title against the rival Wildcats, and it improves their record to 45-9, 16-6 in the Pac-10.

In winning the conference crown, the baseball team joins a long list of current Sun Devil champs. ASU is the current Pac – 10 champion in football (co-champion), baseball, softball, women's track and field and men's golf.

ASU Baseball has won 40 or more games five times in the past six years. It is the 29th time in school history that the baseball team has hit the 40 win mark and the 46th straight season they have won at least 30 games. It is also the 48th season out of 50 that ASU has won at least 30 games. ASU won 43 regular season games in 2007.

Arizona State has been selected as a host for the 2008 NCAA Baseball Regionals and will host Vanderbilt, Oklahoma and Stony Brook. This is the second straight year ASU will host regionals and the third time in the past four years. Download Full Image

ASU, who garnered the #3 National Seed, will face the fourth seeded Stony Brook, while second seeded Vanderbilt will take on Oklahoma.

Friday, May 30- #3 Oklahoma (34-24-1) vs. #2 Vanderbilt (40-20) (Game One)
7 p.m.- #4 Stony Brook (34-24) vs. #1 Arizona State (45-11) (Game Two)

Saturday, May 31-
2 p.m.- Loser of Game One vs. Loser of Game Two (Loser Eliminated) (Game Three)
7 p.m.- Winner of Game One vs. Winner of Game Two (Game Four)

Sunday, June 1-
1 p.m.- Winner of Game Three vs. Loser of Game Four (Game Five)
6 p.m.- Winner of Game Five vs. Winner of Game Four (Game Six)

Monday, June 2 (if necessary)-
6 p.m.- Repeat of Game Six

Gary Campbell

Media Relations and Marketing Manager , Fulton Schools of Engineering

4809659248