TEMPE, Ariz. - Starting left-hander Ryan Kellogg struck out a career-high 12 and the offense scored nine runs in the first four innings as the Arizona State University baseball team evened the series with No. 9 Oregon behind a 9-4 win on Saturday night in front of 3,272 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
The Sun Devils (25-21, 13-10) notched their 10th win of the season over a ranked opponent, including their eighth against top-15 teams. Head coach Tim Esmay has recorded double-digit wins over ranked opponents in three of his five seasons at ASU.
Kellogg conceded four runs on two hits and two walks in the opening frame, but settled down and allowed just three runners to reach second base over the next seven scoreless innings. He gave up a pair of singles in the fourth inning, but recorded back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end threat and retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, including a perfect fifth and seventh inning.
Kellogg has seven career wins over teams ranked in the top 15, including four over top-10 teams and four this season. He surrendered a total of eight hits and walked a pair in eight innings, his sixth outing of at least seven innings in 2014.
Center fielder Johnny Sewald had a career night as he went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs, first baseman Nate Causey notched his 14th multi-RBI game of the season, which is tied for the team lead, and shortstop Drew Stankiewicz added a pair of hits, runs and RBI.
The two teams combined for seven runs on six hits in the first inning as the Ducks (36-15, 14-9) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Sun Devils responded with three in the bottom half to pull within one. ASU then scored six runs in the following three innings, including four in the second, to take a five-run lead.
ASU chased UO starting right-hander Jeff Gold (9-1) with two outs in the third inning, his shortest outing of the season, to hand him his first loss of the season. Gold allowed nine hits, tied for his season high, and eight runs, including four earned, with one walk and one strikeout.
Kellogg loaded the bases with no outs to begin the opening frame and set up Ducks third baseman Mitchell Tolman, who drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly, and left fielder Kyle Garlick, who followed with a three-run homer to center field.
The Devils countered with three runs in the bottom of the first inning behind three consecutive leadoff hits, including an RBI double by Stankiewicz and an RBI single by left fielder Jake Peevyhouse. Catcher Brian Serven drove in the third run of the game with a two-out RBI single through the left side.
A pair of fielding errors by the Ducks in the second inning allowed ASU to score four unearned runs in the frame and take a 7-4 advantage. A single, a walk and a fielding error on a grounder by Peevyhouse loaded the bases for Causey, who singled up the middle to bring home Sewald and Stankiewicz. Causey’s base hit was mishandled by the Ducks center fielder and Peevyhouse scored from first. Right fielder Trever Allen added an RBI single in the next at-bat and finished the game with a pair of runs batted in.
A RBI double by Stankiewicz in the third inning and a sacrifice fly by Allen in the fourth extended the Devils’ lead to five, 9-4.
Right-hander Eder Erives struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to close out the victory.
ASU moved to 14-7 all-time against Oregon, including 3-2 in the past two seasons…Peevyhouse reached base for the 12th consecutive game, tied for the fifth longest streak on the team this season...ASU is 11-2 this season when they do not commit an error.
The Devils host No. 9 Oregon in the series finale of the three-game Pac-12 set at 12 pm on May 11 at Packard Stadium. Sunday’s game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks and broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. Live stats will be available.
Sunday’s Pitching Matchup
UO: RHP Brando Tessar (4-0, 2.13)
ASU: RHP Darin Gillies (1-4, 5.09)
Tip Your Cap To Packard Promotions
After two months of voting, Sun Devil Athletics, the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com unveiled the All-Packard Stadium Team on May 7 and the first 1,500 fans inside the gate at Packard Stadium on May 9 received a commemorative 30-card set of the all All-Packard Stadium Team trading cards.
Postseason Banquet | Register HERE!
Join the Sun Devil Baseball program and fellow supporters for an unforgettable evening. The 31st annual Baseball Postseason Banquet will be held on May 27 on the outfield grass at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $60 or buy a table for 10 people for $600. Fans can also sponsor a student-athlete’s dinner for $60. There will be open parking in front of Packard Stadium in Lot 59.
Seat selection at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for current Sun Devil Baseball season ticket holders will begin the week of May 12 and run through May 16. Tickets under loyalty pricing, which ends Aug. 1, range from $99 for lawn seating to $335 for reserved/infield box, and season parking passes cost $35.
Sun Devil Athletics is holding an open house for the general public to get a firsthand look at Phoenix Muni on Saturday, May 17 from 2-5 p.m.
Transitioning The Legacy Campaign
Season ticket holders will also have an opportunity to make a capital campaign commitment towards the Phoenix Muni renovations. All gifts, no matter the size, are important and appreciated, and can be a one-time gift or a five-year pledge. Fans interested in naming opportunities at Phoenix Muni can contact the Sun Devil Club at 480-727-7700. All commitments are tax-deductible through the Sun Devil Club. Join our community and own a piece of our hometown team.
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