TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey DeMichele hit a three-run home run one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Arizona State a 4-2 victory over New Mexico on Friday night in the NCAA Tempe Regional.
After left-hander Rudy Jaramillo allowed a run on four hits over eight innings for New Mexico, the Sun Devils’ Johnny Ruettiger opened the ninth with a single.
Reliever Gera Sanchez (2-3) then faced Deven Marrero, who tried to bunt Ruttiger over to second. Sanchez fielded the bunt and threw to first, but second baseman Kyle Stiner didn’t field it cleanly. However, plate umpire John Haggerty called Marrero out for interference and sent Marrero back to first.
The runners advanced on a wild pitch and DeMichele followed with his eighth home run of the season.
DeMichele also had an RBI double in the seventh.
Mitchell Lambson (6-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Arizona State (40-16) will face Charlotte, a 3-2 winner over Arkansas in the opener, in a winner’s bracket game Saturday night. The Lobos (20-40) will play meet Arkansas in an elimination game.