ASU baseball: Sun Devils win second consecutive road series over ranked opponent

Junior outfielder Jake Peevyhouse had five hits on the weekend to raise his batting average to .264 and scored the game-winning run Sunday. - (Danny Shapiro/House of Sparky)

ASU won the final two games against the Bruins to pick up their second consecutive road series win over a top-15 team.

Much like last weekend, the ASU baseball team did something unexpected on the road.

The Sun Devils (15-11, 5-4 Pac-12) beat their second consecutive ranked Pac-12 opponent on the road, knocking off No. 15 UCLA Saturday and Sunday to win the series.

The Sun Devils lost to the Bruins (16-10, 6-3) 7-3 Friday night, dropping the opening game of the series as they did last weekend against then-No. 4 Oregon State.

Sophomore starter Brett Lilek allowed four runs (three earned) in three inning to pick up his second loss of the season.

The Sun Devils scored three runs in the first two innings against Bruins' starter James Kaprielian but were stymied the rest of the way by the sophomore, who recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in 6.2 innings for his fourth win of the season.

Saturday went better for the Sun Devils and sophomore starter Ryan Kellogg, who picked up his second consecutive win in an 8-5 victory.

Kellogg allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings but was supported by his offense, which knocked around Bruins' junior starter Grant Watson for eight hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Junior outfielder Jake Peevyhouse led the way with three hits and two RBIs, which came on a double off Watson in the fourth inning.

Sophomore closer Ryan Burr pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Burr (2-2) picked up the victory Sunday after the Sun Devils scored a run in the ninth to tie and one in the tenth to clinch the series.

The Sun Devils trailed 3-1 entering the seventh inning, but took the lead with three runs off the relief combination of redshirt junior Max Schuh and junior David Berg

The Bruins struck back with two of their own in the bottom of the seventh, but the Sun Devils tied it in the ninth following a two-out error.

Sophomore catcher R.J. Ybarra won the game for the Sun Devils in the 10th with a pinch-hit two-out RBI single.

The Sun Devils have now won five of their last six games and improved their overall record against UCLA to 116-68.

ASU returns to action at home next weekend against USC.

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