Starting lineups for Texas-Arizona State
Michael Torres, 3B
Travis Tucker, 2B
Brandon Belt, 1B
Russell Moldenhauer, DH
Kevin Keyes, RF
Brandon Loy, SS
Cameron Rupp, C
Preston Clark, LF
Connor Rowe, CF
Chance Ruffin, P, (10-2, 3.02 ERA)
ARIZONA STATE (50-12)
Drew Maggi, SS
Jason Kipnis, CF
Carlos Ramirez, C
Kole Calhoun, LF
Johnny Ruettiger, DH
Matt Newman, RF
Raoul Torrez, 3B
Jared McDonald, 1B
Zack MacPhee, 2B
Mike Leake, P, (16-1, 1.36 ERA)
Series history: Texas leads the all-time series 25-18, but Arizona State is 5-4 in the NCAA tournament and 4-2 in Omaha.
What's at stake this time around? Since the event expanded to a 4-team, double-elimination format in 1949, 41 of the 60 champions started 2-0.
Texas, Arizona State CWS history (ranks)
|Appearances||33 (1st)||21 (T-3rd)|
|Games||132 (1st)||94 (3rd)|
|Wins||79 (1st)||60 (3rd)|
|Win pct||.598 (6th)||.638 (3rd)|
|Titles||6 (2nd)||5 (T-3rd)|
|Runners-up||5 (T-1st)||5 (T-1st)|
• Texas and Arizona State rank in the top three in nearly every category when it comes to CWS experience. They have combined for 54 appearances, 139 wins, and 11 titles.
• Both teams defied traditional logic by not starting their ace in their first CWS game, but it worked out for the best as they each won their opener (Arizona State started Josh Spence and Texas started Cole Green). That sets up a matchup between Mike Leake and Chance Ruffin on Tuesday evening.
• Arizona State has been great in tight games all season. With Sunday's win, they improved to 14-4 in games decided by one or two runs. They are also 46-0 when leading after seven innings.
• Despite blowing leads in the top of the eighth and ninth innings Sunday, the Longhorns remain perfect when leading late in games. They are 40-0-1 when leading after six innings, 39-0-1 when leading after seven and 38-0 when leading after eight.
ASU starters vs. bullpen
|Starters||384 1/3||2.13||4.62||6.2 >|
• Arizona State's rotation has the best numbers of any of the eight staffs in this year's College World Series. When the Sun Devil starter goes at least 7 innings, the team is 28-1 this season.
• Texas continues to score early and often. With two runs in the first inning Sunday, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents 48-11 in the first inning and 104-26 over the first two innings. That's a lethal combination when combined with their 38-4 record when scoring first.