Sun Devils eliminate Ole Miss with 7-1 win

TEMPE, Ariz. - Ole Miss has struggled against left-handed starters all season and that funk continued even with the Rebels' backs against the wall on Sunday.

Arizona State starter Josh Satow bewildered Ole Miss hitters for 7.2 innings, and the Sun Devils put together two solid offensive frames early for a 7-1 win and a trip to the College World Series.

The Rebels finish the season one step short of Omaha for the third straight year, while ASU (48-13) is making its second appearance since 2005.

"Its always difficult when the season ends," head coach Mike Bianco said. "It was more than I thought coming back from last night. We have just played so many games like that. There wasn't much left in our tank. They competed and played hard, but Satow was tremendous. We had a couple opportunities but then he settled in. It has been a crazy year that zapped us a little bit."

Satow (13-3) limited the Rebels to four hits and no runs thanks to a steady assortment of change-ups and curveballs. Ole Miss compiled a 16-15 mark against southpaw starters in 2007.

The season-long theme of incapable clutch hitting continued with nine Rebel runners left on base, five of which were in scoring position. Double plays extinguished runners in the first and third innings, while Jordan Henry grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases juiced in the sixth inning. That would be Ole Miss' best and last opportunity to get back in the game.

The Rebels' lone run crossed the plate in the ninth as Zack Cozart scored on a sacrifice fly from Fuller Smith.

Arizona State provided scoring by way of extra-base hits in the third and fourth innings. C.J. Retherford connected for a solo shot and the first run of the game. Back to back doubles from Andrew Romine and Brett Wallace plated the Devils' second run.

The third inning put Ole Miss in a hole, but the following frame was the back-breaker. Two runs crossed after a walk, single and double before Wallace again provided the exclamation point. The Pac-10 Player of the Year blasted a pitch past the palm trees in right field for two more RBI.

Rebel starter Lance Lynn (8-5) fought his command all afternoon and ate up seven innings but allowed six runs on eight hits. The sophomore walked four and struckout nine.

Craig Rodriguez relieved Lynn and pitched a perfect eighth inning with one K.

Cody Satterwhite entered to work the ninth but trouble found the fireballer as a single, a stolen base and another single added a Sun Devil run.

The Rebels end the year at 40-25.

"This one hurts, and although there are three times that we fell short, this is the only one I'm thinking about," Justin Henry said. "We thought this was our year. We had the talent, but it didn't work out."

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