Joey Bielek’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gave No. 18 Arizona State the lead for good in its 7-4 win over Clemson in the opening game of the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Friday afternoon. The Sun Devils, who moved into the winners’ bracket, improved to 35-21 on the season. The Tigers, who fell into the losers’ bracket, dropped to 32-28 in 2015.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Andrew Cox slapped a two-out, two-run
single to give Clemson a 2-0 lead. Trever Allen responded with a long solo homer in
the bottom of the fifth inning, then Bielek lined a two-run homer in the seventh
inning. Brian Serven hit the next pitch over the fence for another long ball in the
seventh inning. The Sun Devils added three insurance runs in the eighth inning.
Ryan Kellogg (9-2) earned the win, as he allowed six hits, two runs and four walks
with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Ryan Burr recorded the final out to
register his 14th save of the year. Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (10-3) suffered
the loss, as he yielded five hits, four runs and one walk with a career-high-tying
nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Crownover allowed just six Sun Devils to
reach base, but four scored on the Sun Devils’ three home runs.
The Tigers play the loser of Friday night’s game between No. 1 seed Cal State
Fullerton and No. 4 seed Pepperdine on Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.
Tigers fall 7-4 in Fullerton Regional
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