Two double plays produce a speedy first inning

June, 16, 2009
It was an inauspicious start for Arizona State ace Mike Leake in the top half of the first inning against Texas -- for two batters at least.

Texas' leadoff hitter Michael Torres snuck a double down the right-field line, just the 20th extra-base hit Leake's allowed this season, and Travis Tucker drew a walk on the subsequent at-bat.

But Leake isn't the two-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for nothing, as he struck out Brandon Belt on three pitches and got Russell Moldenhauer to hit into an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam.

Texas starter Chance Ruffin -- whose father, Bruce, played on the Longhorns' 1983 CWS title team -- used an inning-ending double-play to get out of the bottom half of the inning, though his two outs came on the strike-'em-out (Carlos Ramirez), throw-'em-out (Jason Kipnis) variety.

It's deadlocked at 0-0 heading into the second in Omaha.



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