Season End With a Bitter Loss

Any hopes of going to College World Series in Omaha were squashed early in Game three of the Super Regional on Sunday. ASU (54-14) ended their season with a 7-1 loss to Cal-State Fullerton. The Devils' 54 wins were the most since the 1988 season.

The Titans would score all seven of their runs in the first three innings, and would never look back as the dominating pitching performance by Freshman Dustin Miller limited ASU to a season tying low of five hits.

Starter Beau Vaughan (10-6) started his last collegiate baseball game in a fashion that would not be wanted by any pitcher. He hit 3B Ronnie Prettyman with a pitch, then Justin Turner tripled to left center, which scored Prettyman. The Titans scored two more runs in the inning, and were keyed by a home run in both the second and third innings to erase any thoughts of Omaha for ASU.

ASU's lone run came in the fourth inning after Jeremy West scored off of a Travis Buck single. The run extended the consecutive games in which scoring a run to 501 games for ASU. With West's double in the inning, he extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the sixth longest in ASU history.

Jered Liebeck came in relief for Vaughan, but did not have any more luck, lasting an inning, giving up three runs. Robbie McClellan settled the Titan's bats, but it was a little too late, especially with ASU's inability to pound out hits.

In the game, Andre Ethier went one for three, extending his hitting streak to 23 games with a double in the eighth inning. The big disappointment of the Super Regional was the offensive play of Co-Pac 10 player of the Year Dustin Pedroia, who went 0-13 in the three game series. Pedroia did end the year with a .404 batting average, just the 16th player in ASU history to hit over .400 in a season.

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