ASU's Larish helps eliminate Nebraska with three HRs

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. -- Jeff Larish matched a College World Series record with three homers, and J.J. Sferra drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the 11th inning as Arizona State rallied for an 8-7 victory Tuesday and eliminated hometown favorite Nebraska.

Larish's record-tying third homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth, and Sferra's single in the 11th punctuated the 4-hour, 7-minute game, sending the Sun Devils (41-24) against No. 7 Florida on Wednesday. Arizona State needs to beat the Gators twice to reach the championship round.

Larish's two-out, ninth-inning drive over the center-field wall off Brett Jensen made him only the third player in CWS history to hit three homers. The homer also negated Andy Gerch's three-run blast for Nebraska (57-15) in the top of the ninth that gave the Huskers a 7-5 lead.

Baylor 8, Tulane 7

Baylor, down 7-0 after six innings, rallied for three runs in the ninth Tuesday night, scoring the winning run on a throwing error by Tulane second baseman Joe Holland to stun and eliminate the top-seeded Green Wave 8-7.

One out after reliever Brandon Gomes issued an intentional walk to load the bases, Baylor's Paul Witt hit a hopper to Holland near the bag at second.

Holland touched the base for the second out of the inning. But his relay throw to complete a double play that would have ended the game and given Tulane the win went past first baseman Micah Owings.

The tying run scored and then so did a jubilant Zach Dillon from third with the winner as the ball got away.

Trailing 7-5 headed into the bottom of the ninth, the Bears got a leadoff single from Josh Ford to knock out reliever Daniel Lantham.

Sean Morgan (6-1) came in and gave up a single to Reid Brees and then an RBI double to Dillon, who bounced a ball over first after faking a bunt.

Gomes replaced Morgan and intentionally walked Kevin Russo to load the bases before Seth Fortenberry popped out.

Abe Woody (10-3), who pitched 4 1-3 innings of two-hit relief, got the win.

Baylor (46-23) earned another meeting with Texas and must beat the Longhorns twice, beginning Wednesday, to go to the best-of-three championship series beginning Saturday

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