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ASU Baseball: Kasey Coffman Lifts ASU With Career Night

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Coffman belted two home runs to Rural Road as the Sun Devils took care of business again against a top five program in UCLA.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils clinched their first conference series win of the season with a 7-4 victory over the No. 4 UCLA Bruins.

Center fielder Kasey Coffman had a career-high five RBIs off two home runs to right field to help the Sun Devils improve to .500 in the Pac-12.

Both of his home runs were answers to UCLA scoring in the previous frame. The Bruins jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the second inning by using small ball and Shane Ziele single, but Coffman did not make that lead last at all when he hit a three-run home run to Rural Road.

Coffman struck again in the sixth inning after UCLA evened the game at four a piece. His two-run home run put Arizona State back in control and that was the end of the scoring for the night.

Coffman became the first Sun Devil since Abe Ruiz on March 18 last year to hit two home runs in a game.

Freshman Ryan Kellogg did not have his best outing, but he still threw eight innings and had a 5-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Ryan Burr pitched out in the ninth with two strikeouts to record his fifth save of the season.

Coming into the game, Kellogg only allowed three earned runs all season and he doubled that in tonight's outing. Still, the freshman phenom improved to 6-0 on the year. No freshman pitcher at Arizona State has done that in 13 years.

The Sun Devils have a chance to sweep the series against the So-Cal rivals on Saturday at 12:30 pm at Packard Stadium. Adam McCreery (1-3, 7.43 ERA) is set to take the mound against fellow left-handed pitcher Grant Watson (5-0, 1.13 ERA).