SURPRISE, Ariz. — Arkansas starter Trey Killian struck out nine and only allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings, but his strong outing was not enough as Arizona State defeated the Razorbacks, 3-1, on Saturday night at Surprise Stadium.
Arkansas drops to 7-4 with the loss, while Arizona State improves to 7-2 with the win.
Killian, a true freshman from Mountain Home, was outstanding on the mound for the third straight outing, but took the loss. The right hander struck out a career-high nine batters and only allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. After allowing a single and double in the second, Killian proceeded to set down the next 16 batters he faced, with eight of the outs being via strikeout.
Colby Suggs struck out two and did not allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings out of the Razorback bullpen.
Arizona State reliever Alex Blackford (1-0) earned his first win of the season. Blackford struck out all three batters he retired in his only inning of work. Ryan Burr worked two perfect innings to earn his second save of the season.
ASU starter Ryan Kellogg did not factor into the decision after allowing a run on six hits and striking out three in six innings.
Tyler Spoon led Arkansas at the plate with a pair of hits. Spoon extended his hitting streak to 11 games and recorded his fourth multi-hit game of the season. Joe Serrano drove in Arkansas’ only run of the night and went 1-for-4 at the plate.
Trevor Allen had two hits and scored two runs to lead the Sun Devils at the plate. Nathaniel Causey and Jake Peevyhouse each had a hit and a RBI for Arizona State.