June 2, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - Starting left-hander Ryan Kellogg gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings and the Arizona State University baseball team twice brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning in a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton in their second game of the Fullerton Regional on Saturday night in Fullerton, Calif.
Kellogg (11-1) took his first loss of the season after conceding the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Titans shortstop Richy Pedroza broke up the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly to left field after Kellogg gave up a leadoff double to second baseman Jake Jefferies, who then moved to third on a bunt single before scoring the eventual game-winning run.
Catcher Max Rossiter hit a one-out single to center field in the ninth inning to put the tying run on base, but both designated hitter Nate Causey and right fielder Trever Allen struck out on called strike threes to end the game.
Fullerton starting left-hander Justin Garza (12-0) gave up four hits in 8 1/3 scoreless frames and center fielder/reliever Michael Lorenzen (19) earned the save.
Kellogg kept Fullerton off the board early as he stranded a pair of Titans on the corners in both the first and second innings. He induced consecutive flyouts to end the opening frame and then was helped out by Allen in the second.
Allen fielded a one-out single in right field with runners on first and second, and threw the lead runner out at home to record his ninth outfield assist of the season, which is tied for the third most in NCAA. Kellogg coerced the next batter into another flyout to end the inning.
Left-hander Brett Lilek replaced Kellogg with one out in the seventh and recorded consecutive groundouts to keep the Devils within one, 1-0. Lilek also tossed a scoreless eighth with one strikeout.
Allen is tied with four others for the third-most outfield assists in NCAA (trails Dane Opel, Missouri, 15; Michael Bozarth, Saint Louis, 12)...Kellogg struck out three...ASU moved to 9-8 in one-run games this season...head coach Tim Esmay lost his first Regional game.
Head coach Tim Esmay: 10-5 all-time in the postseason, including 7-1 in regional play
Against Cal State Fullerton: The Sun Devils are 7-10 in the postseason against the Titans and 31-28 all-time
ASU is 7-0 in Regionals since 2003 when winning the first game of the Regional
* Postseason appearance and victories in 2007 later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Numbers do not reflect vacations.
ASU will face Columbia on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT. The game will be streamed online on ESPN3 and will be also broadcast by the MidFirst Bank Sun Devil IMG Network on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 and on the All-Access Player on thesundevils.com. ASU will start redshirt junior Zak Miller.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Game 3: 4 p.m. PT - Columbia 6, New Mexico 5 (13)
Game 4: 9:45 p.m. PT - No. 5 Cal State Fullerton 1, Arizona State 0
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Game 5: 4 p.m. PT - Columbia and Arizona State
Game 6: 8 p.m. PT - No. 5 Cal State Fullerton vs. winner of Game 5
Monday, June 3, 2013
*Game 7: 8 p.m. PT - *If necessary
All games on ESPNU/ESPN3
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Regionals: May 31-June 3 in Fullerton, Calif. Four-teams, double elimination (ESPN family of networks)
Super Regionals (best-of-three series): June 7-10 on eight campus sites. Two teams, best-of-three format (ESPN family of networks)
CWS: Omaha, Neb., June 15-26 (ESPN family of networks)