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Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:00 pm

Associated Press

Josh Spence threw a four-hitter and struck out 10, Jason Kipnis' two-run single keyed a five-run fifth inning and Arizona State beat Clemson 8-2 on Sunday night to advance to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons.

Spence, an Australian left-hander hampered by a tendon injury in his pitching hand late in the season, retired the first 11 batters he faced and walked one in his second complete game of the year. He improved to 9-1, winning for the first time in 51 days.

"That performance today was as good as I've seen all year,” Arizona State coach Pat Murphy said. "I didn't expect it, but I'm not surprised by it.”

Spence, hampered by a tendon injury in his pitching hand late in the season, retired the first 11 batters he faced and walked one in his second complete game of the year. He improved to 9-1 while winning for the first time in 51 days.

"It was recommended that he didn't pitch until July. He just was determined to help this team,” Murphy said.

In addition to hand injury, Spence was hit in the face by a line drive and fought a back injury this season.

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