Anteaters Bounce Sun Devils from CWS Play

The match-up between UC Irvine and ASU resembled the battle of David vs. Goliath, and unfortunately for the maroon and gold the outcome mirrored the biblical battle. A slugfest between both schools culminated with the Anteaters continuing their Cinderella-like journey in Omaha as they outlasted the Devils 8-7 in ten innings, in front of 29,034 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Arizona State pitcher Brian Flores got the start for the second consecutive day, and registered six solid frames surrendering three runs on five hits. UC Irvine drew first blood in the fourth inning on a questionable balk call on Flores which allowed the Eaters' Taylor Holiday to score from third base.

A Petey Paramore solo blast in the top of fifth evened things up, but was just a prelude to the see-saw battle that would ensue during the game, as UCI reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning, on a two-out run. The Devils tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth, when Eric Sogard's hit platted Andrew Romine. As expected, the Eaters were once again on top at the bottom of the frame, this time thanks to Cody Cipriano's two-out home run.

Down 3-2 in the seventh the Devils captured their first lead of the evening with RBI's by Romine and Sogard. The maroon and gold padded their 4-3 edge to 7-3 in the eighth. Paramore, who tied Romine for a team-high three hits today, doubled to center, and later crossed the plate thanks to another Romine RBI. A double by Ryan Sontag scored another pair of runs, which would eventually be his team's last runs scored in the 2007 season.

The eighth inning was even more kind to the Eaters. ASU closer Jason Jarvis had a poor outing as he walked the first three hitters in the frame, hit a batter to force in a run, and then gave up an RBI single. AS a result, UCI was in striking distance trailing just 7-5. Jarvis was then replaced by Mike Leake. The freshman inherited loaded bases with no outs and allowed a two-run double that knotted the score at 7-7. A UCI runner on first was called out at third after the third base coach made contact with him. Leake ended the inning forcing the Eaters into a double play.

In the top of the 10th Pac-10 Player of the Year Brett Wallace had a golden opportunity to overcome his CWS struggles, as he walked up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Alas, Wallace hit into a double play, ended his poor showing in Omaha batting 0-12 and down went ASU's best chance at staying alive in the College World Series and avoiding an early flight back home.

UCI capitalized on that opportunity in the bottom of the tenth as Leake gave up a one-out, bases loaded single that ended the Pac-10 championships' season in their 20th College World Series appearance.

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