Wednesday June 22, 2005Arizona State Forces Rematch With Gator Baseball, 6-1
two days’ rest, junior Erik Averill fired a complete game to lift
will now meet again tomorrow at either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET for the right to
advance to this weekend’s best-of-three championship series. Since a 5-3
Travis Buck, a first-round pick of the
Sophomore Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) punched a one-out double in the second frame off Averill but was stranded when the southpaw retired sophomore Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) on a ground ball and had junior Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla.) fly out to center.
Ball ran into problems in the fourth by issuing consecutive four-pitch walks to Buck and sophomore Colin Curtis. A sacrifice bunt by senior Tuffy Gosewisch advanced the runners into scoring position and sophomore Seth Dhaenens had an RBI grounder to second base to give Arizona State a 2-0 lead. Ball jammed senior Joey Hooft on a pop-up to Leclerc to leave the runner perched on third.
Larish led off ASU’s sixth with a double to deep center field and advanced on a grounder by Buck. Curtis followed with a single to right field for a 3-1 Sun Devil advantage. Ball responded with his third pickoff of the season and had Gosewisch ground out to end the frame.
departed in the home portion of the seventh after allowing four hits and three
runs, with three walks and one strikeout. Inheriting a 2-0 count, senior Mike Pete (
opened the eighth with a double to right that was lost in the sun, ending
Pete’s time on the hill. The lefty permitted three hits and two runs and faced
seven batters over one inning. Gosewisch greeted
senior reliever Connor Falkenbach (
a 3-for-3 performance from
59TH ANNUAL MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES POSTGAME QUOTES
Game 11 -
Florida Head Coach Pat McMahon
(opening statement): “It’s a tough loss as all losses are. Erik (Averill) pitched very, very well for them. He did a masterful job of keeping us off stride.”
(on his team’s approach to the game): “I’m extremely proud of our effort today. We tried to do everything we possibly could to compete and be successful.”
Designated Hitter Jared Kubin
(on facing Erik Averill): “He threw three pitches in the strike zone and threw his changeup any time he wanted. He had great command of that pitch today.”
Left fielder Gavin Dickey
(on facing Erik Averill): “He didn’t throw that hard but he kept us off-balance. We weren’t able to drive a lot of balls that were thrown up there.”
(on Averill’s pace of play on the mound. Was it a distraction?)
That probably had something to do with the game but that’s not an excuse. You can’t hit until he throws it up there. The kid pitched a great game. Hat’s off to him.”
Starting pitcher Bryan Ball
(on the team’s approach to the game): “I never go out on the field not wanting to win. That’s never the case at all.”
(opening statement): “What can you say? Erik Averill. Nine innings, five hits, no walks against a team of that magnitude? Erik Averill. Unbelievable. That’s all I have on my mind. Ask me who is going to be pitching tomorrow? Erik Averill.
(about whether he was surprised Averill went nine innings): “He told me before the game what he could give me. He said I’m going nine. I listened to him. A CG at the College World Series at this time against a team that’s in the driver’s seat is pretty special.”
(about his ability to comeback): “This group is a tremendous
group of guys who played hard.
(about his performance): “I was trying to get as many innings as I could. I know the bullpen has been tired lately. I only threw 73-74 pitches three days ago. I took it pretty easy. I played catch other than yesterday.”
(about his team’s performance after yesterday’s game): “It was just as fun as yesterday. We’re going out and playing and hearing our fans for the first time in about a week. We feed off our fans, but more importantly we feed off each other.”
(about a possible letdown): “We came out and we were prepared. We were musical today. Whatever that means. We were laid back, but prepared and focused. We came out with the same level of intensity as before.
(about the double): “Yesterday that pop fly that went foul gave me life at bat. Today I hit the ball and heard (Coach) Murph yell at me so I took off. I tried to get to second in case he missed it and he did. I like to look at the field vertically because there are a lot of holes.”