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LaMotta lifts Baylor over Arizona State in Houston

6/3/2006

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.