A day after Oregon State’s Matt Boyd became the first pitcher to one-hit No. 20 Arizona State for the first time since 1983, the Sun Devils one-upped the Beavers. ASU freshman lefthander Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win, Arizona State’s first no-hitter since 1993 and its first ever in Pacific-12 (or Pac-10) Conference play. Kellogg did not issue a walk and carried a perfect game into the seventh, when Drew Stankiewicz made an error with one out, giving the Beavers the first of their two baserunners in the game. Kellogg recorded three strikeouts, keeping the Beavers off balance and letting his defense work behind him.
“I knew (our defenders) were behind me the whole game,” Kellogg said afterward. “I only had two strikeouts and they came in the last inning, so they made all the other plays for me.
“It is definitely a huge moment in my career, as well as for ASU baseball. 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.”
It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of a freshman throwing a no-hitter in Corvallis against an elite team like Oregon State, which falls to 20-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12. The Beavers had not been no-hit since 1994. Kellogg’s no-hitter is the ninth in ASU’s storied history, but none of the others came against an opponent like Oregon State. For more on Kellogg, see the Arizona State section of Thursday’s Weekend Preview.
On to the rest of the Saturday Roundup.
Top 25 Showdowns
• (21) Arkansas at (5) South Carolina: Ryne Stanek (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) turned in by far his best outing of the season, leading Arkansas to a series-clinching 4-2 win in Columbia. Dominic Ficociello had two hits in his second game back in the starting lineup, helping to lead the Arkansas offense against Nolan Belcher (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 31.2 innings when the Hogs got on the board in the sixth.
• (19) Mississippi State at (10) Kentucky: The Wildcats swept a doubleheader with a pair of one-run wins, 3-2 and 4-3, to win the series after dropping Friday’s opener. Jerad Grundy (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) used an excellent changeup to rack up strikeouts and improve to 5-1, 1.99 in the first game. UK jumped on Kendall Graveman (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for two runs in the first in that one, and Zac Zellers scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch in the sixth. Kentucky scored three runs without a hit in the first inning of the second one, as Evan Mitchell and Ross Mitchell combined to issue four walks and hit a batter, and both were lifted before recording an out. Corey Littrell (7 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) didn’t have his best control but still turned in a solid start for Kentucky. Hunter Renfroe homered in both games for MSU, giving him three on the weekend and nine on the season. I was on hand for the doubleheader and will have a full report in Monday’s Three Strikes.
• (16) North Carolina State at (14) Virginia: The Cavaliers clinched the series by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, 8-2 and 4-3. Carlos Rodon (5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 8 K) didn’t have great control in the opener, but he took a no-decision, as the Cavs broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh and piled on with five in the eighth against the N.C. State bullpen. Austin Young (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win with stellar relief of Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Branden Cogswell had two hits in the opener and two more in the nightcap, helping to lead a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Scott Silverstein (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). The Cavs got more dynamite relief work in Game Two from Josh Sborz (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Kyle Crockett (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R). Ethan Ogburn (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) took the loss. Virginia improved to 21-2 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, while N.C. State fell to 3-5 in conference play.
Top 25 Upsets
• Rutgers at (4) Louisville: The Scarlet Knights and Cardinals split Saturday’s doubleheader, giving Rutgers a surprising road series win. Louisville won the opener 4-0, as Jeff Thompson (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was excellent in a no-decision, and the Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh, then tacked on three more in the eighth. Steve Zavala (3-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Rutgers attack in support of Charlie Law (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) in the second game, leading the Knights to a 7-3 win. Jared Ruxer (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) took his first loss of the year for Louisville, which dropped its first series of the year.
• (23) Central Arkansas at Oral Roberts: Logan Domenico (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) powered the ORU offense in support of Drew Bowen (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) in a 3-2 win, clinching the series. Jeffrey Enloe (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER) took his first loss of the year for UCA.
• (24) Virginia Tech at Miami: The Hurricanes snapped their three-series losing streak with a 2-0 win behind Bryan Radziewski (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 16 K), who dazzled in Miami’s first complete-game shutout since David Gutierrez threw one in 2009. Radziewski’s 16 strikeouts were the most by a Miami pitcher since Joe Grahe struck out 18 in 1989. Devin Burke (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) pitched well in his first defeat of the year for Virginia Tech.
• (25) San Diego at Gonzaga: The Bulldogs broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the seventh behind Tyler Olson (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), as Gonzaga clinched the series with an 8-1 win. Dylan Covey (4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took the loss.
Other Top 25 Results
• (1) North Carolina at Boston College: UNC cruised to a doubleheader sweep, 11-0 and 5-2. Brian Holberton (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR), Chaz Frank and Landon Lassiter had three hits apiece as part of a 19-hit attack in the opener, and Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was dominant. Skye Bolt had two hits in the opener and two more in Game Two, along with two RBIs, helping Benton Moss (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-0.
• Florida at (2) Vanderbilt: Conrad Gregor (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Connor Harrell (3-for-4, 2 R) led Vandy’s 15-hit barrage in support of Tyler Beede (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K), as the Commodores evened the series with a 6-1 win. Jonathon Crawford (6 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was knocked around and fell to 0-4.
• Auburn at (7) Louisiana State: LSU kept rolling with a 5-1 win, as Alex Bregman (3-for-5, R, RBI) led an 11-hit attack in support of Ryan Eades (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 5-0. LSU improved to 21-2 overall, 4-1 in the SEC.
• (8) Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State: The Titans stormed back from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win 8-6, clinching the series. Carlos Lopez and Chad Wallach had three hits apiece to lead the Fullerton offense, while Willie Kuhl (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and three other Titans delivered a combined 5.2 innings of one-hit relief after taking over for Justin Garza (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER), who hit the first speedbump of his collegiate career.
• California at (11) UCLA: Pat Valaika (3-for-5, 4 RBI, 3B) led UCLA’s offense behind Nick Vander Tuig (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), as the Bruins evened the series with an 8-3 win.
• Arizona at (13) Oregon: Ryon Healy’s three-run homer broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning, and Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was strong in Oregon’s series-clinching 5-1 win. The defending national champs are 0-5 in the Pac-12, while Oregon is 4-1.
• Seton Hall at (15) Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish swept Saturday’s doubleheader, winning both games by 3-2 scores to take the series after losing Friday’s opener. Eric Jagielo (2-for-4, RBI) led the Notre Dame offense behind Adam Norton (7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in the opener. Frank DeSico and Charlie Markson had two hits apiece and combined to score all three of Notre Dame’s runs in the second game, and Nick McCarty (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) and Dan Slania (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) provided strong relief of David Hearne (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER).
• Texas Christian at (17) Oklahoma: The Sooners clinched the series with a 3-1 win behind Dillon Overton (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who improved to 6-1. TCU, our preseason pick to win the Big 12, fell to 1-4 in conference play, and 9-13 overall. The Sooners are 21-4 overall, 2-0 in the league.
• (18) Rice at Southern Mississippi: The Owls leveled the series with a 3-0 win behind Jordan Stephens (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) and Zech Lemond (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R).
• Penn State at (22) Indiana: The Hoosiers won both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, 2-0 and 11-3, to complete a series sweep and run their winning streak to 11 games, the nation’s longest. Kyle Hart (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) sparkled in the opener, and IU broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh, then added another in the eighth. Indiana’s bats broke out in the finale, with Dustin DeMuth (3-for-3, R, 2 RBI) leading an 11-hit attack in support of Aaron Slegers (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).