TEMPE, Ariz. — Nine Arizona State players collected an RBI and freshman left-hander Ryan Kellogg pitched four scoreless innings as 16th-ranked ASU routed Bethune-Cookman 15-7 Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium.
Kellogg (1-0) earned the win in his first career appearance, scattering three hits across four innings and striking out four. Through two games, three freshmen pitchers have combined to allow one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in nine innings pitched.
Freshman David Graybill, making his first career start at first base, went 3-for-4 with an RBIs and two runs scored, and both shortstop Drew Stankiewicz and center fielder Kasey Coffman added two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Sun Devils (2-0).
Bethune-Cookman (0-2) jumped on the scoreboard first with three runs on two hits in the opening frame, then added two more in the second inning to take a 5-3 lead, but the Devils outscored the Wildcats 9-1 over the next three innings.
ASU plated three runs in both the bottom of the first, highlighted by Graybill’s two-out RBI single, and two more in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by right fielder Trever Allen.
ASU took the lead for good in the bottom of the third on a two-run triple by Coffman before the Devils put the game out of reach with four runs in the fourth inning.
Freshman RJ Ybarra had his first career RBI, and freshman outfielder Cullen O’Dwyer then laced a two-run double into deep center field in his first career at-bat. Stankiewicz tacked on an RBI in the sixth inning to stretch the ASU lead to nine at 15-6.
Sophomore left-hander Adam McCreery tied a career high with five strikeouts but took a no-decision after he allowed six runs, including four earned, in three innings.
Redshirt junior right-hander Zak Miller gave up one hit and one run in the eighth, and junior right-hander Josh McAlisterclosed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
Bethune-Cookman starting left-hander Ali Simpson (0-1) surrendered eight runs, including seven earned, on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Sun Devils and Wildcats wrap up their three-game series at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Packard Stadium.