Thursday, June 18, 2009
Updated: June 19, 12:21 PM ET
By the numbers: Arizona State 12, UNC 5
Arizona State rallied its way past North Carolina on Thursday 12-5 to eliminate the Tar Heels and move on in the College World Series. The Sun Devils face No. 1 overall seed Texas at 7 p.m. ET Friday (ESPN2/ESPN360).
Here are some notes from Thursday's game. (Compiled by the NCAA.)
• Arizona State is now second nationally with 51 wins this season (LSU has 53 wins). It is Arizona State's 16th 50-win season and second under coach Pat Murphy. Thursday's win was the 1,000th career victory for Murphy -- he is 1,000-455-4 in 24 seasons as a head coach.
• North Carolina falls to 14-17 all-time at the CWS, making its eighth appearance in Omaha. UNC is 12-9 over its past three CWS appearances.
• North Carolina has been eliminated by the eventual national champion in each of the past three seasons (Oregon State, 2006 and 2007; Fresno State, 2008).
• Kole Calhoun's six RBIs were a career high. He had driven in four runs on two previous occasions (Washington State on April 10; at Arizona on April 29). Thursday's was the first six-RBI game at the CWS since Fresno State's Steve Detwiler had six against Georgia on June 25, 2008.
• Dustin Ackley finishes the 2009 CWS with a CWS all-time record 28 hits and has hit .412 (28-for-68) over the past three seasons. Ackley finished the 2009 CWS with a .500 average (8-for-16).
• Ackley finishes the season with 111 hits, tying Braeden Riley of Sam Houston State for the national lead. Ackley finished the 2009 season with a .417 average to tie for third in UNC history, while also ranking in the top 10 in homers (22, third), RBIs (73, sixth) and runs (75, sixth).
• Josh Spence is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his two starts, fanning 16 over 14 innings in Omaha. Spence has thrown 248 pitches and has gone seven innings in both of his CWS starts.
• Drew Maggi extended his own ASU freshman runs-scored record to 63 with two runs scored Thursday. The previous high was 60 by Barry Bonds in 1983.
• Garrett Gore set a CWS record with his 21st appearance, breaking Daryl Arenstein's record for career games set from 1970 to 1973. Gore went 2-for-4 on Thursday and finished the CWS with a .375 (6-for-16) average. Gore finished the postseason with a .436 (17-for-39) average with three homers and 11 RBIs and has six multihit games in his eight NCAA contests.
• Matt Harvey's four wild pitches set a CWS single-game record. The previous high was three, set 14 times -- most recently by Koley Kolberg of Arizona against Georgia on June 18, 2004. Harvey had thrown only nine pitches in his first 70.2 innings entering the 2009 CWS. Harvey's five walks also were a season high, bettering his previous high of four, set five times this year.
• The 12 runs allowed by North Carolina were a season high. UNC had allowed 11 runs twice this year, most recently against Virginia on May 22.