Sun Devils off to Omaha after 8-2 win

June, 8, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State is headed to its 21st College World Series after finishing a two-game sweep of Clemson with an 8-2 victory Sunday night at Packard Stadium.

The fifth-seeded Sun Devils, now 49-12, backed a virtuoso, complete-game performance from starter Josh Spence with a five-run fifth inning after the Tigers (44-20) took a 1-0 lead in the previous frame. ASU added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to discourage any potential Clemson rally.

Spence gave up just four hits. He'd thrown only seven innings since April 26 due to a hand injury that at one point looked like it might end his season. He also hurt his back during last week's regional.

He looked pretty healthy while striking out 10 and walking just one.

Kole Calhoun had three RBI, and Jason Kipnis and Matt Newman chipped in two apiece for the Sun Devils. Jeff Schaus belted a home run for Clemson, which added a run in the bottom of the ninth off Spence.

ASU will play North Carolina (47-16), the No. 4 seed, either June 13 or 14, in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium. The Tar Heels swept East Carolina in their super regional earlier Sunday.

Ted Miller | email

ESPN Staff Writer



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