ASU baseball again takes down No. 2 Arkansas
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The 24th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team defeated No. 2 Arkansas for the second time in three days Saturday, earning a 3-1 win at Surprise Stadium.
Right fielder Trever Allen broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh when 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 ASU (7-2) advantage to 3-1.
Starting left-hander Ryan Kellogg gave up one earned run on six hits while striking out three and not walking a batter. 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 did not allow a hit over the final two frames to collect the save, his second of the season. Burr also earned 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 reach base for what turned out to be 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 1-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out double and an RBI single.
The Sun Devils close out their four-game set in Surprise against Gonzaga at 4 p.m. in Surprise Stadium.