CORVALLIS – Ryan Kellogg was feeling good warming up in the bullpen Sunday afternoon and just hoping it continued into the game.
The Arizona State freshman carried it over well, too well from Oregon State’s perspective.
Kellogg had the third-ranked Beavers off-balance and out of sync all day, pitching a no-hitter to help the 20th-ranked Sun Devils to a 4-0 Pac-12 baseball win at Goss Stadium.
“They just kept swinging at everything, so they were putting the ball in play all the time,” said Kellogg, a lefty who backed up the 4-0 record and 0.93 earned run average he had coming into the game. “I just let my defense work behind me. It was a great day.”
Kellogg had three strikeouts – two in the ninth inning – and walked none in his 110-pitch performance, ending Oregon State’s five-game winning streak.
It was the first no-hitter for a Sun Devil since 1993 (against Southern Utah) and the first against the Beavers since 1994 (versus Lewis-Clark State).
“He just beat us in every aspect of the game all day long,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said of Kellogg. “He threw on both sides of the plate. Anything that was close he got. He was good. Better than us, better than us all day long.”
Many in the pro-Beaver crowd began realizing late in the game the magnitude of what was happening and did their best to rally the home team.
But it was to no avail. A Beaver team that has reached double digits in hits 11 times this season got none.
Oregon State (20-2, 4-1 Pac-12) went down in order the first six innings before Ryan Barnes reached on a fielding error with one out in the seventh.
But OSU’s Michael Conforto, who has been money at the plate all season, then flew out to center on the first pitch he saw, and Dylan Davis struck out to end the threat.
The Beavers got another runner in the eighth, when Jake Rodriguez reached when right fielder Trever Allen couldn’t catch a pop-up.
Kellogg then worked Jerad Casper into a grounder for the final out.
Kellogg, who had gone no further than seven innings coming in, said he understood late what he could accomplish and just focused on pitching like he had been.
He struck out pinch hitter Gabe Clark swinging and Andy Peterson looking for the first two outs in the ninth.
Kellogg then fielded a one-hopper from Andy Peterson and underhanded the ball to Rouric Bridgewater at first base for the final out, bringing the Sun Devils out of the dugout in a hurry to celebrate.
“He did enough to get the win. We were definitely popping a lot of balls out,” Peterson said. “I felt like everybody was just missing pitches.”
It was a quick first four innings, with just one total baserunner.
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore took the loss despite another solid performance in his freshman season.
Moore (5-1) went 52/3 innings, taking his first loss after allowing four hits, two earned runs and one walk while striking out one.
Moore walked ASU’s Max Rossiter to lead off the second. Rossiter reached second base with one out, but Moore worked out of trouble with an infield pop-up and a grounder back to the mound.
Arizona State (13-6-1, 2-3) put just two balls in play through the first four innings that reached the outfield, both flyballs to left.
Jake Peevyhouse broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth with a leadoff home run that just cleared the right field fence, with a slight breeze aiding the ball’s flight.
The Sun Devils chased Moore with one out in the sixth, one out short of the distance he went a week earlier in a win at Arizona.
Moore was pulled after Michael Benjamin smashed a double off the right field wall.
Zack Reser came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to James McDonald, the first and only batter Reser faced.
Brandon Jackson was next out of the bullpen, giving up a walk. Peterson then prevented any more damage when he jumped and snagged a Peevyhouse line drive at shortstop.
Arizona State added one more run in the eighth and another in the ninth. The Sun Devils finished with 10 hits after getting just one Friday night against OSU’s Matt Boyd in a 5-0 loss.
Moore, from Eugene, has allowed two or fewer runs in all six starts this season.
“(Moore) was up in the zone and gave them pitches to hit. Our bullpen was not good at all,” Casey said. “It’s disappointing. We couldn’t score any runs so it didn’t make a whole lot of difference.
“Andrew gave us a good enough start to be in the game, but when you don’t score any runs, it makes it difficult.”
Arizona State 4, Oregon State 0
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Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 000 000 000 — 0 0 0
Kellogg and Rossiter. Moore, Reser (6), Jackson (6), Bryant (7), Painton (8), Brocker (9) and Rodriguez. HR: Peevyhouse (ASU). 2B: Benjamin (ASU), Causey (ASU), Bridgewater (ASU). W: Kellogg (5-0). L: Moore (5-1).
Hits: Arizona State 10 (Benjamin 2, Peevyhouse 2, Causey 2, Bridgehouse 2, Coffman, McDonald), Oregon State 0
RBIs: Arizona State 4 (Peevyhouse 2, Benjamin, McDonald), Oregon State 0