Freshman Arizona State pitching ace Ryan Kellogg has received National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week recognition as well as Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors.
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Kellogg is the first Sun Devil to earn NCBWA National Player of the Week recognition since Zack MacPhee on Feb. 23, 2010, and the seventh since 2002, including the fifth pitcher.
Kellogg, who is 5-0 on the season, threw only the ninth no-hitter in ASU history in a complete-game shutout on the road against No. 3 Oregon State on March 23. The talented 6-5 lefthander recognizes the significance of his achievement, which took place in an important Pac-12 conference game. “I know it’s pretty unlikely I’ll throw another one (no hitter),” Kellogg said. “I definitely have a huge target on my back now for all the rest of the Pac-12 teams. I just need to come out and keep pitching well.”
He added, “It was definitely a huge moment in my career, as well as for ASU baseball.”
During his standout performance in Corvallis, Oregon, which resulted in a 4-0 win for the Sun Devils, Kellogg did not allow a walk in 110 pitches. His perfect game was broken up with one out in the seventh inning when shortstop Drew Stankiewicz‘s error allowed the second batter of the frame to reach first. Right fielder Trever Allen dropped a fly ball in the eighth inning put another Beaver on base, but neither made it past first.
Kellogg is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a game between two Pac-10/12 conference teams in almost 19 years, and is just the tenth pitcher in conference history to throw a no-hitter in a game between two Pac-10/12 teams.
ASU hosts No. 4 UCLA for a three-game series Thursday-Saturday at Packard Stadium in Tempe. First pitch on Thursday and Friday is at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s game will begin at 12:30 p.m.