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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Junior left-hander Josh Spence gave up four hits and struck out 10 and Jason Kipnis' two-run single keyed a five-run fifth inning as Arizona State beat Clemson 8-2 to advance to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons.
Spence, who had been hampered by a left-hand injury late in the season, retired the first 11 batters he faced and walked one in his second complete game of the year.
He improved to 9-1 while winning for the first time in 51 days.
Junior center fielder Kipnis, the Pacific-10 Conference player of the year, singled off Clemson starter Chris Dwyer to drive in the first two runs in the Sun Devils five-run fifth.
Kole Calhoun had a two-run double and Matt Newman had a run-scoring double.