Arizona State manager Pat Murphy paced, jawed with the umpires and called meetings on the mound, refusing to sit still Sunday as the Sun Devils were on the verge of elimination at Omaha, Neb.
Known for his sense of humor, Murphy jokingly said he was already taking notes on the 2006 season with his team trailing 2-0.
But the Sun Devils responded again, rallying for three eighth-inning runs to beat Tennessee 4-2 Sunday and eliminate the Volunteers from the College World Series.
“Why don’t you just play good from the first inning instead of just driving me crazy?” Murphy said. “I almost quit in the seventh inning, I was making the ‘06 lineup up and working on recruiting. I swear I was. I wasn’t any use to them.”
Blanked for six innings Sunday by Tennessee freshman lefty James Adkins and trailing 2-0, the Sun Devils got one back in the seventh and then took the lead in the eighth.
Florida 7, Nebraska 4: Florida won its seventh straight game and moved within a win of the championship round of the College World Series with a victory over Nebraska that sent the hometown favorites into an elimination game.
Adam Davis homered and Jeff Corsaletti tied a CWS record with three doubles for the Gators, who snapped Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak.
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