Ryan Kellogg picked a good time to throw the best outing of his ASU baseball career.
The sophomore lefty threw his second career complete-game shutout, propelling the Sun Devils (23-16, 12-8 Pac-12) to a 7-0 win over UA Saturday night while clinching the Territorial Cup point in baseball.
Kellogg was dominant all night, allowing just seven hits and two walks while setting his Pac-12 career-high with eight strikeouts to earn the Sun Devils' first shutout in Tucson since May 11, 1972.
Kellogg needed just 103 pitches to earn his third consecutive victory and team-leading sixth victory of the season and had ample support from his offense.
The Sun Devils combined to score all seven of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings, led by three RBIs from sophomore catcher R.J. Ybarra and a two-RBI double from junior shortstop Drew Stankiewicz.
Ybarra did his damage in the fifth after Stankiewicz kept the inning alive with two batters earlier with his two-out double to the right-center field gap.
Ybarra capped off the three-run sixth inning with a sacrifice fly off Wildcat sophomore reliever Nathan Bannister, who replaced starter Cody Hamlin after Hamlin allowed nine hits and seven runs in five-plus innings to pick up his third loss of the season.
Sophomore outfielder Chris Beall tallied four hits in the win, setting a new career high.
The victory gave the Sun Devils two wins in two days against the Wildcats (17-25, 6-14) and three wins in four attempts this season
With tomorrow's game being the last remaining matchup between the schools, the Sun Devils avenged last year's series loss to the Wildcat and gave ASU a three-point lead in the Territorial Cup standings with just four more points at stake this school year.
Tomorrow's finale between the two teams is set for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.