LaMotta lifts Baylor over Arizona State in Houston

Updated: June 3, 2006, 9:51 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Ryan LaMotta threw 140 pitches over the remaining eight innings of a suspended game to lead Baylor past Arizona State 3-2 at the Houston Regional on Saturday.

LaMotta replaced Cory VanAllen, who started for Baylor (36-24) on Friday and pitched just one inning before rain postponed a scoreless game in the second. LaMotta (7-6) scattered eight hits and struck out eight.

Arizona State (36-20) employed the same strategy, but without the same results. Josh Satow (4-2) replaced Friday starter Tony Barnette but allowed all three Baylor runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Two of Baylor's runs came on Zach Dillon's double in the third inning, and the Bears added a run in the fourth on Matt Sodolak's RBI double.

Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the Sun Devils loaded the bases with one out against LaMotta. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sontag made it 3-2 on a sacrifice fly, but LaMotta struck out leadoff hitter Willy Fox to end the game.

Brett Wallace had a solo home run in the fourth for Arizona State, which faced Prairie View in an elimination game Saturday night. Baylor will play Rice in the winner's bracket Sunday.

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