OMAHA—Arizona State erased a four-run deficit on Kole Calhoun’s grand slam in the fifth inning, then exploded for eight runs in the seventh to eliminate North Carolina, 12-5. Calhoun drove in six runs by himself, but North Carolina’s erratic pitching accounted for a huge chunk of ASU’s offense. The Tar Heels issued 10 walks, uncorked five wild pitches and hit three batters.
Josh Spence was strong for ASU yet again, throwing 126 pitches over seven innings on three days’ rest. He picked up the win to improve to 10-1.
Dustin Ackley singled in the ninth to extend his CWS hitting streak to 15 games, one of the very few bright spots for UNC in this one.
Plenty more to come after postgame.
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