Arizona St. 19, Wichita St. 1
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Top-ranked Arizona State unleashed a nine-run, sixth inning and a 23-hit attack to back the pitching of David Cassidy en route to a 19-1 victory over No. 4 Wichita State Friday in the College World Series, eliminating the Shockers.
The 23 hits tied ASU’s own record for most hits by a team in the series. The Sun Devils also had 23 in a 23-12 victory over Oklahoma State in the 1984 NCAA tournament.
The Sun Devils, 60-12, will play defending champion Stanford, a 9-5 winner over Fullerton State Friday night, in Saturday’s championship game. ASU beat Stanford in five of six regular-season Pacific-10 conference meetings.
Wichita State, 56-16-1, ended its season with two CWS losses to Arizona State.
ASU was one out away from elimination Wednesday and had to rally for a 4-3, 10-inning win over Wichita State to force Friday’s game. The Shockers earlier toppled the Devils 7-4 in their first CWS meeting on Sunday.
The Sun Devils staked Cassidy, 9-2, to a 5-0 lead after five innings, including two unearned runs on three Wichita State errors in the first.
Tim Spehr singled one home in the fifth before ASU used six hits, a hit batsman and a walk to score nine in the sixth.
Pat Listach led off the big inning by being hit by Wichita State starter Greg Brummett, 10-5. John Finn singled and Kevin Higgins singled Listach home.
A walk to Steve Willis by reliever Pat Cedeno loaded the bases. Two wild pitches scored Finn and Higgins, and Martin Peralta singled to score Willis.
Ricky Candelari singled Peralta to third and Mike Burrola doubled to score another run. Listach followed with a double to score two more and Finn added a two-run homer on the next pitch to make it 14-0.
Wichita State’s All-American second baseman Mark Standiford ruined Cassidy’s shutout bid when he hit his 28th homer with one out in the eighth.
Arizona State added five more in the eighth.
Burrola reached first on Mike Lansing’s third error of the game at short. A wild pitch moved Burrola up and he scored on Higgins’ single. Willis walked and Rumsey got his fourth hit, a single to score Higgins and Peralta hit his third homer of the series, 13th on the year.
Cassidy scattered nine hits and picked two runners off. He walked one and struck out two in his third complete game of the year.
The Sun Devils have won five national titles.