2010 College World Series: South Carolina Ousts No. 1 Seed Arizona State

Christopher Adams@@ChrisAdams3Correspondent IJune 23, 2010

The number one overall seed Arizona State Sun Devils were knocked out in double-elimination in the 2010 College World Series by an 11-4 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks Tuesday afternoon.

The two teams were paired in the loser's bracket after ASU's loss to Clemson and South Carolina's loss to Oklahoma.

The game took an ugly turn in the bottom of the second for the Sun Devils. Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (10-3) gave up 10 hits and eight runs, only lasting one and 2/3 innings.

Five of the first six South Carolina batters reached base in the second inning before second baseman Scott Wingo started the action with a two-RBI double down the left field line. Two batters later, Whit Merrifield batted in Wingo to take a 3-0 lead.

Soon later, Gamecock center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. smashed a high home run, clearing the fence in right-center field, adding three runs to the mix. ASU's Kelly was then one strike away from finishing the disastrous second inning when third baseman Adrian Morales crushed a hit off the foul pole in left field for a two-run home run, putting the Gamecocks up 8-0.

The eight-run second inning was ASU's worst in 196 games, dating back to May 2007. It was also the most runs gained in an inning by the Gamecocks this season.

The Sun Devils were unable to gain momentum after the outstanding second inning performance by South Carolina, earning just four runs total in the fifth and eight innings through RBI's and walks.

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South Carolina's starting pitcher Sam Dyson (6-5) had an impressive game, allowing only two runs through seven innings of play before being relieved by Matt Price.

Arizona State set a College World Series record being the only number one seed to have been eliminated from the tournament by going 0-2. This was also ASU's only back to back loss of the 2010 season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will face the winner of Tuesday night's face-off between Oklahoma and Clemson in an elimination game on Thursday.


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