SURPRISE, Ariz. -
The 24th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team defeated No. 2 Arkansas for the second time in three days, 3-1, on Saturday at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.
Right fielder Trever Allen broke up a tie game in the bottom of the seventh after he rounded the bases on a bunt single, two throwing errors and a wild pitch. Third baseman Michael Benjamin extended his team-leading hitting streak to eight games with a single two batters later, and left fielder Jake Peevyhouse followed with an RBI double to right-center field to stretch the Sun Devils (7-2) advantage to two, 3-1.
Starting left-hander Ryan Kellogg gave up one earned run on six hits and no walks, and struck out three in six innings on the mound. Kellogg stranded five runners on base, including three in scoring position, to hold the Razorbacks (7-4) to just one run.
Right-hander Alex Blackford (1-0) struck out three of the four batters he faced in the seventh inning to earn his first win of the season, and right-hander Ryan Burr (2) did not allow a hit over the final two frames to collect the save. Burr also recorded the save in ASU's 3-2 win over Arkansas on Thursday.
Arkansas starting right-hander Trey Killian (1-1) was replaced with one out in the bottom of the seventh and was credited with his first loss of the season after his throwing error allowed Allen to get on base for the winning run. He struck out nine in 6 1/3 and gave up one earned run on three hits.
ASU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a single by Allen and an RBI double by designated hitter Nate Causey.
Arkansas tied it up at one run apiece in the top of the fifth on consecutive two-out hits, including a double and an RBI single.
The Sun Devils close out their four-game tilt in Surprise against Gonzaga at 4 p.m. in Surprise Stadium. The game is the latter half of a doubleheader with the Cactus League as the Seattle Mariners take on the Texas Rangers at 1:05 p.m. Fans can listen to an online broadcast of the game by Blaze Radio, follow the team on Twitter at @ASU_Baseball for live scoring and updates from the weekend, and check thesundevils.com for stats, notes and more.
ASU - So. LHP Adam McCreery (0-1, 9.82)
GU - TBA
Game Notes: Coach Esmay moves to 60-13 all-time against non-conference foes...Peevyhouse's RBI double was his first extra-base hit of the season...Kellogg has now given up just two earned runs and one walk in 15 innings this season...Burr has surrendered three hits, one earned run and three walks in 10 innings this season...shortstop Drew Stankiewciz recorded a season-high seven assists in the game.