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Pac-10 teams win at CWS

Sunday, June 17, 2007 | 1:21 a.m. CDT; updated 10:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. — Scott Santschi hit his first homer of the season and had two RBIs, and defending champion Oregon State survived some nervous moments to defeat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in the College World Series on Saturday night.

OSU pitchers Jorge Reyes, Joe Paterson and Eddie Kunz combined to allow six hits as the Beavers began their bid to become the first repeat champion since LSU in 1996-97.

Fullerton’s Wes Roemer struck out seven to become the school’s career leader. Otherwise, it was another disappointing CWS start for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-round draft pick.

Oregon State (45-18) moves to a Monday game against Arizona State (49-13), which defeated UC Irvine 5-4 on Saturday. The Titans (38-24) will play UC Irvine (45-16-1) in an elimination game Monday.

Mike Lissman homered in the first and Santschi singled in a run in the second to put the Beavers up 2-0.

Roemer retired the next 13 in a row and 15 of 17 before Santschi homered to right with one out in the seventh to make it 3-1.

It was Santschi’s first home run since June 11, 2006, the day the Beavers swept a super regional against Stanford to set the stage for their first championship run in Omaha.

The Beavers, holding a one-run lead, got two quick outs to start the ninth before the Titans made things interesting.

Evan McArthur hit a short fly, and shortstop Darwin Barney and left fielder John Wallace couldn’t decide who would catch it. Barney peeled off at the last moment, leaving Wallace in an awkward position to make the play. Wallace took a step left, then lunged to his right, with the ball popping out of his glove.

Kunz came on and gave up a single to pinch-hitter Jon Wilhite, putting runners at the corners. Kunz then got pinch-hitter Joel Weeks to ground out to end the game.

The Titans, who got a home run from Nick Mahin in the third, were set up for a big inning in the eighth after Joe Scott singled and moved to third when Clark Hardman’s hard hit up the middle deflected off Paterson’s foot into right field.

With runners on first and third and none out, the Titans tried a safety squeeze play. Paterson fielded Josh Fellhauer’s bunt and caught Scott in a rundown between third and home. Hardman and Fellhauer moved up to second and third on the play before Mahin’s sacrifice fly pulled the Titans to 3-2. Paterson got John Curtis to fly out to end the inning.

Reyes (6-3) allowed three hits and one run in six innings before giving way to Paterson to start the seventh. Kunz earned his 12th save.

Roemer (11-7), who came into the CWS off three straight complete games, worked eight innings. He struck out seven to run his career total to 365, one more than Adam Johnson (1998-2000).

Roemer, one of the country’s most dominant pitchers for three years, is now winless in three CWS starts. He had a no decision and loss against North Carolina last year, getting worked over for six runs and 10 hits in 42/3 innings in his second meeting with the Tar Heels.

He has allowed seven home runs in 19 innings in Omaha.

Arizona St. 5, UC Irvine 4

Arizona State’s Ike Davis was expecting a fastball. He got a change-up instead — and sent it 10 rows up in the right-field bleachers.

Davis hit a tie-breaking home run leading off the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday to give the Sun Devils a 5-4 victory over UC Irvine in the College World Series.

“That last one by Davis, I threw probably one of the best change-ups I had thrown all day, and he was sitting on it,” Anteaters pitcher Scott Gorgen said. “I have no doubt in my mind that he knew that pitch was coming.”

Well, Ike?

“No. I was sitting on a fastball. He left the change-up over the middle,” Davis said.

The Sun Devils (49-13) advanced to a Monday game against the winner of Saturday night’s Cal State Fullerton-Oregon State game. UC Irvine (45-16-1), a first-time CWS participant, will play the Fullerton-Oregon State loser in an elimination contest Monday.

The Sun Devils got solid pitching from Mike Leake and Jason Jarvis. Leake settled down after giving up four runs in the fourth inning. He and Jarvis (2-2) held the Anteaters scoreless over the last five innings. Jarvis, who took over in the eighth, allowed one walk and struck out three.

“Our pitching staff is pretty underrated,” ASU coach Pat Murphy said.

Arizona State’s pitching is overshadowed by an offense that came in with 75 home runs in 61 games.

As usual, the Sun Devils relied on their power to win the first game of its 20th CWS, scoring all their runs on long balls.

Matt Spencer hit a three-run homer in the second and CJ Retherford had a solo homer in the fifth.

Davis’s eighth homer of the season ended the day for Gorgen (12-3), who was bidding for his fifth straight complete game.

“They were able to lift some balls over the fence and we weren’t,” UC Irvine coach Dave Serrano said. “That’s kind of their M.O. as a team. Their guys got some pitches to hit, and we paid for it.”

ASU, unbeaten in six NCAA tournament games, ended Gorgen’s 17-inning shutout streak in the second when Spencer homered to right for a 3-0 lead.

The at-bat was in stark contrast to Spencer’s previous one at the CWS.

Playing for North Carolina last year, Spencer struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of a 3-2 loss to Oregon State in the championship game.

Leake held the Anteaters scoreless on one hit through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.

Leake hit Cody Cipriano with a pitch and Matt Morris singled before Bryan Petersen’s two-run triple off the wall in left center. Sean Madigan doubled to tie it, and Ollie Linton singled in the go-ahead run with the Anteaters’ fifth straight hit.

The Sun Devils came right back to tie it in the fifth when Retherford hit Gorgen’s first pitch of the inning over the wall in left-center. Retherford flew out deep to center in his first two at-bats.

“What can you say about CJ?” Murphy said. “If we played in our park, he would have had three home runs today.”

For Gorgen, it was his worst outing in five starts, since he gave up six runs in five innings against Pacific on May 11.

“Scott would admit he was a little out of character,” Serrano said. “He said to me in the fourth inning that he was having a hard time breathing and getting relaxed.

There is a lot of excitement when you’re playing in Rosenblatt Stadium.

That was probably the least amount of stuff he’s had in the last six weeks, and he still kept a great hitting team to five runs.”

Gorgen wasn’t the only one who struggled.

ASU first baseman Brett Wallace, the Pacific-10 player of the year, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He had come into the game with hits in nine of his last 18 at-bats.

UC Irvine first baseman Taylor Holiday went 0-for-3, ending his 22-game hitting streak.

“We still have life left,” Serrano said. “No matter who we play Monday, you’ll see us back in character. We’ve got the first game out of the way. This team, when it has had its back against the wall, has come out swinging. I would expect nothing different.”


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