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20070604 Baseball Falls to Wichita State, 4-3(1)
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">WICHITA</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Kan.</st1:State></B> ? <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wichita</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>&rsquo;s Derek Schermerhorn doubled home the game-winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Shockers (52-20) battled their way through the loser&rsquo;s bracket to force <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> (42-16) to a decisive regional final game on Monday with a 4-3 win over the Wildcats at Eck Stadium on Sunday.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the contest knotted at 3-3 after 8 1/2 innings, WSU pinch hitter Bret Bascue drew a four-pitch walk off of UA reliever Daniel Schlereth to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Dusty Coleman sacrificed pinch runner Ryan Jones to second on a bunt to move the go-ahead run into scoring position.<o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Schlereth retired WSU leadoff hitter Andy Dirks on a pop out to Colt Sedbrook at shortstop for the second out of the frame to bring Schermerhorn to the plate. <o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The WSU first baseman battled Schlereth to a 2-2 count before lofting a curveball towards the gap in left-center. With the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> outfield shaded in for a potential play at the plate on a single, the ball found its way to the Eck Stadium turf for the game-winning hit.<o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The Wildcats, who have played in three one-run games in the postseason, drew first blood in Sunday&rsquo;s contest on a Bill Rhinehart solo home run in the fourth, his second of the regional and his 13th of the season. <o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>WSU answered immediately and took its first lead on a two-run single by Conor Gillaspie in the bottom of the frame.<o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>A Shocker throwing error by Coleman at short in the fifth allowed Dwight Childs to score and tie the game at 2-2, but <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wichita</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> regained the advantage when it plated a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly.<o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> tied the game in the seventh on a RBI-single by Sedbrook and was poised for more with runners on second and third, but WSU reliever Kyle Touchatt struck out C.J. Ziegler on a 3-2 fastball to end the inning and the scoring threat. <o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>WSU closer Noah Krol (2-2) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work in the eighth and ninth. He struck out one and walked one. <o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>UA&rsquo;s Schlereth (3-1) was charged with the loss, with the only hit he allowed in three innings of work coming on Schermerhorn&rsquo;s game-winner in the ninth. The left-hander struck out one and walked three in his first loss of the year.<o:p></o:p></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wichita</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> will meet up for the regional championship game on Monday at 7 p.m. CDT. The winner of the contest will advance on to the Super Regional round of the tournament against the winner of the Round Rock (<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State>) Regional. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has not named a starter for the Monday game.</FONT></P>
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