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Arizona State Rallies for 4-3 Win Over ORU

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 03/19/2011
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TEMPE, Ariz.--Ninth-ranked Arizona State scored three runs in the late innings to rally for a 4-3 win over Oral Roberts, Saturday at Packard Stadium.

The Sun Devils (15-3) took advantage of ORU (7-7) relievers in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring three runs on three hits and three walks.

The Golden Eagles wasted no time in jumping on Sun Devils starting pitcher Kyle Ottoson, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning.  Spencer Barnett opened the game with a double and moved to third when Cam Schiller's sacrifice bunt attempt was misplayed by Ottoson.

With runners and the corners and none out, Nick Baligod gave ORU a 1-0 lead when his groundout to second scored Barnett. Chris Elder followed with a double to left-centerfield, scoring Schiller for a 2-0 ORU lead.

Arizona State cut the lead in half in the third inning when Zack McPhee connected for a solo home run off ORU starter Bryce Smolen, pulling the Sun Devils within 2-1.

The Sun Devils gained a 3-2 lead with two runs in the sixth. Andy Workman and Johnny Ruettiger each had RBI singles as Arizona State took a 3-2 lead.

ORU tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh when Barnett's one-out single scored Brandon Healy from second base. But ASU took advantage of wildness from relievers Sean Johnson and Lars Liguori in the bottom of the seventh when Liguori walked in the go-ahead run after relieving Johnson with the bases loaded and one out.

Johnson (1-2) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in two innings of work. Barnett had a pair of hits as the Golden Eagles were limited to just five hits by four ASU pitchers.

The Golden Eagles wrap up their three-game series with the Sun Devils at 2:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday.


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