TEMPE, Ariz. - Starting sophomore left-hander Ryan Kellogg allowed one run across eight innings to power the 25th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team to its fourth consecutive Pac-12 series win with a 4-1 victory over Cal on Saturday night at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Kellogg tied his career-long outing at Packard Stadium as the Sun Devils (19-13, 9-5) have won eight of their past 10 Pac-12 Conference games. He retired six straight batters in the third and fourth innings, and again in the seventh and eighth innings, and stranded three runners at third base. He struck out five and issued just one walk to go with five hits.
Head coach Tim Esmay earned his 400th career win, including his 187th at ASU and 80th Pac-10/12 Conference victory, the most by any coach in school history through their first five seasons.
Junior first baseman Nate Causey put the Devils on the scoreboard with a solo home run, his first of the season, in the bottom of the opening frame and ASU added one run in the sixth and two in the eighth.
Sophomore right-hander Jordan Aboites (1) recorded his first career save after he worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the ninth. Freshman shortstop Colby Woodmansee made an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow left field to record the first out and Aboites induced a game-ending double play to secure the win.
The Bears (14-17, 3-8) threatened to take an early lead in the top of the first inning, but redshirt junior right fielder Trever Allen threw out Cal right fielder Brian Celsi at the plate to end the frame. Celsi was hit by a pitch and stole second before he attempted to take two bases on a two-out single by first baseman Nick Halamandaris.
A pair of singles and an RBI groundout by Cal third baseman Chris Paul knotted the game at one run apiece in the top of the fifth inning.
Sophomore third baseman Dalton DiNatale led off the sixth inning with a triple to right field and scored four batters later on a sacrifice fly by Woodmansee to put ASU back on top, 2-1.
ASU added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend their advantage to three, 4-1. Freshman catcher Brian Serven scored on a wild pitch and junior left fielder Jake Peevyhouse scored on a fielder’s choice by sophomore center fielder Johnny Sewald.
Cal starting left-hander Kyle Porter (4-3) allowed just two runs through six innings, but was chased with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the seventh. He was responsible for four runs on six hits and three walks and took the loss.
ASU moved to 114-59 all-time against Cal… the Devils are 11-4 all-time in series’ against Cal and have won seven straight series’ vs. the Bears…Allen now has 18 career outfield assists, including three this season.
Tip Your Cap To Coach Bobby Winkles and the Baseball Program from 1907-59
The baseball program held a special pregame ceremony for legendary coach Bobby Winkles and more than 30 former players on Saturday, April 12.
Notable players in attendance included a 13 combined National Champions and Hall of Famers Duffy Dyer, Jim Merrick, John Jacobs, Sterling Slaughter (the first All-American in school history) and 1969 National Player of the Year Paul Ray Powell, as well as Doug Nurnberg, the school’s all-time saves leader
Tip Your Cap To The Early Years
Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University, will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on Sunday, April 13. Dr. Wilkinson is the daughter of legendary former football, basketball and baseball coach Bill Kajikawa. Coach Kajikawa was the skipper of the baseball team for seven seasons (1940, 46-50, 52).
The Sun Devils close out their three-game series with Cal on Sunday, April 13, at 12:30 pm. The game will be streamed online via the Sun Devils’ Pac-12.com channel and will be broadcast on NBC Sports AM 1060 by Tim Healey (PxP, @TimHealeyASU) and Seth Dhaenens (color, @sethdhaenens). Live stats will also be available on thesundevils.com.
Sunday’s Projected Rotation
Cal: RHP Ryan Mason (2-0, 3.15 ERA)
ASU: RHP Darin Gillies (1-2, 5.30)
Visit azcentral.com to vote for the All-Packard Team or fill out a ballot on gameday at Packard Stadium to make your choice for the best to wear the Maroon and Gold in the past 40 years. Voting ends April 16.
Season tickets starting at $99, single-game tickets, Mini Packs and Flex Plans are on sale now. Admission for ASU students is free with a valid Sun Card. Purchasing season tickets will also give fans first opportunity and priority at selecting seats at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in 2015. Ariz.
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