Friday, June 10, 1988
Top-seeded Arizona State, riding a nine-run sixth inning, clobbered fourth-seeded Wichita State 19-1 Friday to advance to the College World Series championship game.
Junior left-hander David Cassidy, in his first CWS appearance, turned back the Shockers as he improved his record to 9-2.
Wichita State second baseman Mark Standiford homered in the eighth to spoil Cassidy's shutout bid. Standiford raised his Wichita State season home run record to 28 and gave him the career mark of 59, surpassing the 58 by Joe Carter from 1979 to 1981.
ASU designated hitter Martin Peralta's three-run homer in the eighth tied the CWS team record for hits in a game at 23, matching the 23 by ASU in a 23-12 victory over Oklahoma State June 5, 1985.
Arizona State avenged Sunday's 7-4 loss to Greg Brummett by beating the junior right-hander. Brumett's record dipped to 10-5 as a personal five-game winning string ended.
The Sun Devils took advantage of two first-inning Shocker errors for their second victory in three meetings between the two CWS clubs.
Wichita State, 56-16-1, finished tied for third in the eight-team tournament.
Trouble for Wichita State Friday began with the second batter. Shocker shortstop Mike Lansing, after fielding Mike Finn's grounder, overthrew first base with Finn going to second base.
Left fielder Jim Audley drew an error as Steve Willis' low line drive flicked off his glove. Finn scored, and Willis reached second. Dan Rumsey singled to center, scoring Willis.
Arizona State widened its lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Tim Spehr singled with one out and moved to third on Ricky Candedlari's double to left. With two out, Pat Listach beat out a single to shortstop Lansing in a play disputed by Wichita State Coach Gene Stephenson. Spehr scored. Candelari scored when Lansing bobbled Finn's grounder for an error.
In the fifth, Willis led off with a double, stopped at third on Rumsey's single to left, held third on a fly to right field and scored on Spehr's looping single to left - center.
Chants of "ASU! ASU!" punctuated the nine-run sixth capped by John Finn's two-run homer, his third of the year. Mike Burrola doubled in one run, and Listach plated two with another two-bagger. Three runs were charged to Brummett and six to reliever Pat Cedeno, who allowed the three extra-base hits among the seven in the inning.