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Florida offsets home edge



Published: Mon, June 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Nebraska must win Tuesday to remain alive.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida won its seventh straight game and moved within a win of the championship round of the College World Series with a 7-4 victory Sunday night 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 (47-20), who snapped the Cornhuskers's 10-game winning streak.

Florida will take its longest winning streak of the season into Wednesday's game against the winner of Tuesday's matchup between the Cornhuskers (57-14) and Arizona State.

Tommy Boss, who had complete-game victories for the Gators in the regionals and super regionals, left with two out in the fifth after Ryan Wehrle's two-run double pulled the Huskers to 7-4.

Sidearming reliever Darren O'Day (8-3) earned the win, limiting Nebraska to two singles the rest of the way and retiring the last seven batters.

Home-field advantage

Florida offset Nebraska's huge home-field advantage by scoring twice before Husker starter Johnny Dorn (12-2) had thrown his sixth pitch.

Corsaletti opened the game with a double, and Davis followed with his 11th home run.

The Huskers got one back in the bottom of the first on Jesse Boyer's leadoff double and Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly.

Florida led 3-1 in the third after Corsaletti's second double and Matt LaPorta's sacrifice fly.

Dorn, who had been unbeaten in 12 decisions since March 5, lasted into the fifth. He gave up five hits and four runs, leaving as the Gators were starting a four-run inning that put them up 7-2.

Florida's Justin Tordi reached when first baseman Curtis Ledbetter dropped Joe Simokaitis' throw from shortstop. Brian Duensing relieved Dorn with a 2-0 count to Stephen Barton.

Barton chopped the ball over third baseman Alex Gordon, who was playing up in anticipation of a bunt, and then Corsaletti's third double drove in two.

Duensing intentionally walked Matt LaPorta before Brian Jerolman's double into the left-field corner scored two more.

Boss gave up 10 hits and four runs in his 42/3 innings.

Arizona State 4, Tennessee 2

OMAHA, Neb. -- Seth Dhaenens hit a go-ahead double in a three-run, eighth-inning rally and Arizona State eliminated Tennessee.

Blanked for six innings by Tennessee freshman lefty James Adkins and trailing 2-0, the Sun Devils (40-24) got one back in the seventh and then took the lead in the eighth.

Tuffy Gosewisch and Zechry Zinicola opened with opposite-field singles and then Joey Hooft chopped a ball over first baseman Alex Suarez's head for a double that tied it at 2.

Dhaenens, who'd entered the game as a replacement in the sixth and made an error in the seventh, then doubled to left center to put the Sun Devils ahead. J.J. Sferra hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 cushion.

That finished Adkins (10-5) after 125 pitches. The freshman gave up eight hits and four runs in 71/3 innings.

ASU reliever Pat Bresnehan (5-4), who pitched the final 31/3 innings after replacing starter Erik Averill, got the win, allowing just two hits.

Averill gave up eight hits and a pair of runs in 52/3 innings.

Travis Buck had four of Arizona State's nine hits and was tagged out trying to steal home with the bases loaded in the ninth.

The Sun Devils finally broke through against Adkins in the seventh when Buck had an RBI single.

Tennessee got two singles in the eighth and had runners on second and third with two outs before ASU first baseman Jeff Larish made a diving catch of Suarez's foul pop near the tarp.

Tennessee, which lost to Florida in the opening round, finished 46-21.




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