ASU Baseball: Sun Devils To Host UCLA In Key Conference Series

Arizona State baseball enters the heart of Pac-12 Conference competition as it prepares to host No. 7 UCLA for a three-game series Thursday-Saturday at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

The Sun Devils (13-7-1, 2-4) have three wins this season over top-five teams, with two coming against then-No. 2 Arkansas and one at then-No. 3 Oregon State. However, they have lost five of their last seven outings, most recently falling short in a three-game series against the Beavers in Corvallis.

ASU freshman left-hander Ryan Kellogg threw the ninth no-hitter in school history and the first one in 20 years to lead the Sun Devils to a 4-0 win versus Oregon State on March 23. He is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a game between two Pac-10/12 conference teams since Stanford’s Jason Middlebrook on May 8, 1994, and the tenth pitcher in conference history to throw a no-hitter in a game between two Pac-10/12 teams.

The UCLA series poses a tough test for the Sun Devils. UCLA just completed a bruising three-game series with California, taking two out of three from the Golden Bears. The Bruins improved to 17-4 and are tied for first in the Pac-12 at 5-1 in conference play.

UCLA southpaw Grant Watson has been a dominant force during the 2013 campaign. He is 5-0 this season and boasts a 13-1 record since coming to Westwood. Closer David Berg has also been a standout performer with a streak of 17 scoreless innings.

First pitch on Thursday and Friday is at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s game will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s contest will be the second installment of “Friday Fireworks.” Every Sun Devil baseball game for the rest of the season will feature a brief post-game fireworks show.

In addition, the first 750 fans to enter Packard Stadium will receive a free poster.

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