Kellogg throws ASU’s first no-hitter in 20 years
Freshman left-hander Ryan Kellogg recorded the ninth no-hitter in school history to lead the 20th-ranked Arizona State baseball team to a 4-0 win over No. 3 Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.
Kellogg (5-0) completed ASU’s first no-hitter since Kevin Rawitzer against Southern Utah on Feb. 2, 1993, as well as the school’s first ever in Pac-10/12 conference play, the second ever on the road and the fourth by a freshman. He did not allow a walk in 110 pitches, as Oregon State’s only two base runners reached on errors.
“It is definitely a huge moment in my career, as well as for ASU baseball,” Kellogg said. “To come out and have a performance like this after the day we had yesterday, especially against No. 3 Oregon State, is great for the team and the program.”
Kellogg’s bid for a perfect game was broken up with one out in the seventh inning when shortstop Drew Stankiewicz made an error that allowed the second batter of the frame to reach first. A dropped fly ball by right fielder Trever Allen in the eighth inning put another Beaver on base, but neither made it past first.
“I knew (our defenders) were behind me the whole game,” Kellogg said. “I only had two strikeouts and they came in the last inning, so they made all the other plays for me.”
ASU (13-6-1, 2-3) handed Oregon State its first conference loss and its second loss of the season. It was the first no-hitter against the Beavers (20-2, 4-1) since 1994 against Lewis-Clark State.
Neither team registered a hit until the top of the fifth inning, when left fielder Jake Peevyhouse drove his first career home run over the right-field fence to put ASU ahead, 1-0.
ASU then scattered eight more hits across the final four innings and used a trio of two-out RBI singles to extend its lead to 4-0.
Four Sun Devils collected a pair of hits, including Peevyhouse, who also notched two RBI. Peevyhouse is hitting .481 (13 for 27) with eight RBI and six runs scored over the past seven games, and has collected multiple hits in six of those contests to lead the team with eight multi-hit games this season.
ASU added a run in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single by second baseman James McDonald that brought third baseman Michael Benjamin, who had reached on a stand-up double in the previous at-bat.
The Devils extended their lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning on a leadoff single by center fielder Kasey Coffman and a two-out RBI single by Peevyhouse.
Benjamin pushed ASU’s lead to four with another two-out RBI single after a double by first baseman Rouric Bridgewater.
The Devils forced Beavers starting right-hander Andrew Moore (5-1) into a full count in five of the first nine at-bats and chased him with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Moore allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk in 5-2/3 frames to take his first loss of the season.
ASU and Oregon State finish their three-game series Sunday at 12:05 p.m.