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ASU Loses To Clemson 6-3, Seth Blair Struggles Put Sun Devils On Brink Of Elimination

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Well, this is not good.

ASU is on the verge of being sent home from Omaha early. Aftrer losing 6-3 to the upstart Clemson Tigers, the Sun Devils will face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday for the right to live another day.

Some reaction to the game:

Official ASU Recap

Blair took the loss, his first of the season, to drop to 12-1. He allowed seven hits and five earned runs and matched his career high with five walks over 4.1 innings. Brady Rodgers allowed a run over 1.2 innings of relief, while Jimmy Patterson and Mitchell Lambson combined to throw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

ASU will try to make run through loser's bracket - AZ Republic

"There's a reason why we haven't lost consecutive games and there's a reason why we have the record we do because we're able to bounce back," third baseman/captain Raoul Torrez said. "We'll be ready to go."

ASU has not gone 0-2 at Rosenblatt Stadium since 1993 and only twice in 21 previous CWS appearances (also 1987). To do so as the No. 1 national seed would be a major embarrassment and a setback for first-year coach Tim Esmay, whose interim status was upgraded earlier this month.

South Carolina is no pushover. The Gamecocks swept No. 4 national seed Coastal Carolina in a Super Regional and went 21-9 in the rugged Southeastern Conference.


Looks like we're in for a battle tomorrow.