Top Seed Arizona State Bounced, Clemson Oklahoma Postponed At 2010 CWS

June 23, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The South Carolina Gamecocks had one huge inning against the top-ranked Arizona State Sundevils to knock out the favorites early from the 2010 College World Series 11-4.  The Sundevils became the second team eliminated from the tournament after the Florida Gators.

Jackie Bradley and Adrian Morales came up with big homeruns during the eight-run second, the most the Sundevils have scored in one inning all season.  Starter Sam Dyson pitched well with the lead going 7 1/3, allowing eight hits and four earned.  Matt Price came on for a 1 2/3 innings save.

“That second inning for us — eight runs — and eight hits is the most we’ve had in one inning the entire season,” Tanner said. “We don’t score runs like that very often, but we had some big, big at-bats in that inning and gave us an opportunity to get some great runs.”

Arizona State failed to drive in the runners they put on base, leaving 10 stranded total.  The Sundevils were unable to overcome the mental block that comes with going down by so many runs so early.

“When you’re down eight runs, it gets to you and makes you think,” ASU right fielder Kole Calhoun said. “Our mindset was to chip away, not chase the scoreboard, but an eight-run deficit is pretty hard to overcome, especially against a team like South Carolina.”

Merrill Kelly was tagged with the loss after he let the game get out of hand in the second.  He gave up 10 hits overall in 1 2/3 innings, and was the second ASU pitcher to turn in a disappointing performance at the CWS.  Staff ace Seth Blair walked four out of the first 12 batters he faced in ASU’s first game against Clemson, a 6-3 loss.

“I wouldn’t say he didn’t have it,” ASU coach Tim Esmay said of Kelly. “They had a couple seeing-eye [hits] and then, boom, their big players show up in big games. Their guys took some good swings and finished off some at-bats. Merrill Kelly was pitching his tail off.”

The other game Tuesday was shortened due to rain, but the Clemson Tigers were up on the Oklahoma Sooners 6-1 when play was suspended.  The game will be resumed at 4:30 ET Wednesday.

Lightning was seen in the area, and a heavy downpour followed.  Play was suspended for 32 minutes before being called off by umpires.  The game will be completed before the regularly scheduled game between FSU and TCU.

Sooner’s starter Bobby Shore was cruising through the first three innings, but threw 14 straight balls to walk the bases full in the fourth.  Spencer Kieboom delivered with a single to put the Tigers up 4-1.

A fielding error by Max White allowed the Tigers to cash in on Kyle Parker’s two-out triple.  John Hinson followed with his third hit, driving home Brad Miller for a 6-1 lead.

USA sportsbooks have set the Seminoles as the underdog in the game after the wrap-up of Clemson, Oklahoma at +145.  TCU come in as the favorites at -165, and the over/under set for total runs scored by both teams is set at 10 1/2.

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