Causey homers twice as ASU routs Washington
SEATTLE -- Designated hitter Nate Causey hit a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the fifth inning, to lead the 13th-ranked Arizona State baseball team to a 14-4 win over Washington on Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Causey hit a solo home run on a full count in the top of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie, and the Sun Devils (35-19-1, 16-13) added eight runs over the next two innings to surge to a commanding nine-run lead.
Right fielder Trever Allen recorded three RBI, first baseman Dalton DiNatale went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI, and Causey finished with three hits, two RBI and four runs scored to pace the Devils.
Starting left-hander Ryan Kellogg improved to 11-0 and took sole possession of third place on ASU's single-season freshman wins list. He conceded four runs in seven innings and allowed just five base runners over his final five innings of work. It was the sixth start in his career in which he did not walk a batter. He also moved into fifth place on the school's single-season freshman innings pitched list with 96 2/3.
Second baseman Erik Forgione gave Washington (23-32, 14-15) a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring via a leadoff single, a stolen base and an RBI groundout, before ASU countered with four runs in the top of the second.
The first six batters in the top of the second inning reached base for the Sun Devils on four hits, a walk and an error as ASU erased its 1-0 deficit to take a 4-1 lead.
DiNatale drove in a pair with a two-run single that scored Causey, who had reached on a leadoff walk, and Allen, who had singled. Left fielder Jake Peevyhouse followed with an RBI double, and center fielder Kasey Coffman capped off the frame with a run-scoring single.
Washington responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Ty Afenir hit a two-run single up the middle to bring the Huskies within one and later scored on a passed ball after stealing third.
The Devils regained control by batting around in the top of the sixth to take an 8-4 lead. DiNatale got things going with a leadoff double, and Peevyhouse and Coffman loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and a single, respectively. Second baseman James McDonald then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in one run, catcher Max Rossiter added a two-out RBI single and Allen took a bases-loaded walk.
ASU broke the game open in the seventh with five runs on five hits, including a pair of RBI doubles by Coffman and McDonald and a two-run triple by Allen.
Right-hander Darin Gillies allowed no runs on one hit in the eighth inning, and left-hander Matt Dunbar closed out the ninth in his team-leading 34th appearance of the season.
Washington starter Austin Voth (7-6) gave up eight runs, including seven earned, on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.