ASU Baseball: Sun Devils win fifth consecutive game

(Danny Shapiro/House of Sparky)

The offense and Ryan Kellogg led the way for ASU.

ASU baseball wore the "Tequila Sunrise" jerseys and struggled early like they did Friday night, then it got a spark for the second day in a row.

Junior first baseman Nate Causey's solo home run in the fourth inning woke up the Sun Devils (29-21, 16-10 Pac-12), who knocked off Utah 7-1 to earn their fifth-straight victory and remain undefeated in the retro jerseys.

"For Causey to turn around and hit that home run I felt like it just allowed our guys to not have to keep press against a really good pitcher," coach Tim Esmay said.

Causey's home run tied the game a half-inning after sophomore starter Ryan Kellogg allowed his only run of the game to the Utes (16-32, 4-22).

The offense, which had mustered just one hit off Utes starter Zach Adams before Causey's home run, sprung to life.

Redshirt junior second baseman Tucker Esmay provided the offense in the next two innings, bringing in all three runs, including a two-out, two-RBI single in the sixth.

It was Causey again in the seventh inning, who blasted his second home run of the night-this one a two-run shot, onto Rural Road to seal the victory.

"It's nice to feel like I'm getting back into the groove a little bit" Causey said. "Helping us win is the biggest thing."

Causey's second-career multi-home run game was more than enough offense for Kellogg (7 IP, 1 ER), who picked up his team-leading eighth victory of the season.

Esmay was impressed with Kellogg's outing.

"Kellogg was good tonight," Esmay said. "He was good tonight in the sense he minimized."

The Sun Devils can make history with a win tomorrow afternoon.

It would be the team's 30th of the season, which would extend the streak to 52-straight seasons and would clinch the first sweep of the season in the final Pac-12 game at Packard Stadium.

"We have an opportunity to get number 30 tomorrow and have an opportunity to play the last Pac-12 game in Packard Stadium ever," Esmay said. "Hopefully the guys have incentive and energy to play well together."

Game time for the series finale is 12:30 p.m.

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