OMAHA, Neb. - Andrew Romine started at shortstop in Arizona State's 6-1 win over Florida Wednesday just a day after being hit in the face by a pitch that deflected off his hand. It took nine stitches to close the gash on his right cheek but X-rays revealed no broken bones.
Romine's availability wasn't determined until he woke up Wednesday with minimal swelling.
"That's the weird thing. There were no side effects, just soreness," said Romine, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout but was flawless in six defensive chances. "It doesn't look like I need to do much right now (offensively). I can just let everyone else take care of it and play defense."
CURTIS LUCKS OUT
For the second consecutive game, Colin Curtis was the beneficiary of some bad communication on a pop-up.
On Tuesday against Nebraska, Curtis hit an RBI single in the seventh inning one pitch after a pop-up fell harmlessly between two infielders in foul territory. On Wednesday, Curtis’ pop-up to left field fell between two players for a double.
"I watched it for a second until (coach Pat) Murphy yelled at me (to run)," said Romine, who was on first base. "Those are some tough plays with the sun, so I tried to make it to second in case they missed it. I like to look at the field vertically and there's a lot of holes."
Since the College World Series format changed in 1988 to include two four-team brackets, 36 teams — including Florida and Texas this year — have started the College World Series 2-0.
Of the 13 previous teams that, like ASU, defeated a 2-0 team to force a deciding seventh bracket game, 10 have gone on to defeat that opponent again to advance to the championship series. ASU will attempt to make it 11 of 14 today.
With a three-homer performance by Jeff Larish, a pair of ninth-inning rallies and a game-winning RBI by goat-turned-hero J.J. Sferra in the bottom of the 11th inning, ASU's 8-7 win over Nebraska was truly classic. So classic, in fact, that it will re-air at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN Classic.
For the second game in a row, Seth Dhaenens started at third base and Joey Hooft started at second. Relief pitcher Seth Garrison was listed as the designated hitter, but Rocky Laguna got all four at-bats in the spot. Garrison is not available after undergoing an appendectomy Sunday morning.