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Cougar baseball drops opener to Arizona State

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The WSU bats couldn't muster much.

WSU Athletic Communications

The Cougars were up against a stiff challenge on Thursday, taking on No. 12 ASU and the Sun Devils best starter Ryan Kellogg. Kellogg was fresh off throwing nine innings in a 17-inning marathon game last week. He nearly shut down UCLA then and picked up right where he left off against WSU. The Cougars mustered just five hits in a 5-0 loss.

Sean Hartnett was solid on the mound for WSU, giving up three runs in seven frames. But as soon as he allowed a pair of runs in the second inning, the game was about done. Kellogg -- who has now put up a zero in 17 of his last 18 innings -- was dominant. He struck out 11 Cougars and retired 16 straight at one point.

Kellogg is typically Arizona State's Saturday starter, but the Sun Devils moved around the rotation and he instead started the opener. We would have had quite the pitching matchup with Kellogg vs. Joe Pistorese, but instead WSU will hand the ball to its ace on Friday trying to even the series.

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ASU Baseball: Ryan Kellogg powers Sun Devils to shutout victory - House of Sparky

Ryan Kellogg notched a career-high in strikeouts and did not walk a batter in a complete game shutout Thursday night.

The "Kellogg Show" shines in ASU's win over Washington State - The State Press

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Cougars Fall in Opener at Arizona State - Washington State University Official Athletic Site

Ryan Kellogg threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout as No. 12 Arizona State opened the series with a 5-0 victory over Washington State Thursday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.