Kipnis powers breakout inning, ASU leads 5-1

June, 7, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State set the table for its money man, and Pac-10 Player of the Year Jason Kipnis came through and led the Sun Devils in a breakthrough inning.

With one out and runners on second and third, Kipnis drilled a 2-1 pitch up the middle that plated both runners and gave the Sun Devils a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. Clemson had just broken up the scoreless game with a homer the preceding half-inning.

Then the gates opened for ASU.

Kipnis, perhaps a little amped up, appeared to be picked off at first, but the throw from pitcher Chris Dwyer went over the first baseman's head and Kipnis advanced to third.

That got Dwyer the hook, and senior right-hander Matt Vaughn entered the game.

He walked Carlos Ramirez, and then Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run double to center, making the count 4-1.

Then, with two outs, Matt Newman scored Calhoun with a double of his own, and the Sun Devils took a commanding 5-1 lead.

Now let's see how Josh Spence comes back after a long rest.

Ted Miller | email

ESPN Staff Writer



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