ASU beats UNC 5-2 in 10 inningsPosted: Updated:
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Arizona State has won its opening game in the College World Series.
Kole Calhoun hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning after a North Carolina error helped ASU take the lead and the Sun Devils went on to a 5-2 victory yesterday.
Jason Kipnes reached when right fielder Garrett Gore misplayed his one-out fly ball near the warning track. Carlos Ramirez followed with a base hit up the middle, scoring Drew Maggi from second to break a 1-1 tie.
Calhoun then hit a 1-1 pitch four rows into the stands in left-center field for a four-run lead.
ASU (50-12) plays tomorrow against Texas (47-14-1), which beat Southern Mississippi 7-6 last night.
Until the 10th inning, the Sun Devils and Tar Heels (47-17) engaged in a rare CWS pitchers' duel.
North Carolina's Alex White, who went nine innings in his fourth CWS start, matched his career-high with 12 strikeouts.
The Cleveland Indians' first-round draft pick was touched for three doubles in the first two innings, but he allowed only four singles the rest of the way in his 131-pitch performance.
ASU left-hander Josh Spence allowed eight singles over seven innings.
The Los Angeles Angels' third-round pick walked three and struck out eight in his 122-pitch outing, then gave way to lefty Mitchell Lambson (9-3) in the eighth.