March 15, 2009
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Kole Calhoun and Riccio Torrez had three hits and three RBI each to lead the No. 4 Arizona State University baseball team to a 12-10 victory over Kansas on Sunday in the final game of the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise. The Sun Devils move to 14-3 on the season with the win and finish the Surprise trip 3-2.
Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double, while Torrez was also 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and RBI single. The home run was the first of Torrez's career, and it capped an excellent week for him, as he went 11-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI and five runs scored over the course of the five games in Surprise.
Kansas clawed back in the game with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie the game, but Torrez's two-run homer to left in fifth put ASU back on top. The Devils would add one more run in the fifth, when Leake scored from second after Jared McDonald reached on an error.
The Sun Devils would increase the lead further in the sixth. Jason Kipnis doubled in a run, Ramirez had an RBI single, Calhoun followed with an RBI double, Riccio Torrez drove in a run with a single to center and Leake capped off the scoring for the inning with an RBI single.
The Jayhawks would rally, scoring a run in the seventh and five in the eighth, including a grand slam by Nick Faunce, off ASU reliever Jordan Swagerty, but Swagerty would then send down five in a row to finish the game.
ASU will return to action on Friday, opening Pac-10 Conference play at home against Arizona, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.