Kellogg had only three strikeouts in the game, so he knew he had to rely on his defense; "I knew they were behind me the whole game. Only two mishaps, but that's baseball and it happens, so you just have to work around it. They played phenomenally behind me and I was really happy about it."
It took a while for it to sink in for Kellogg that he had something special going. Throughout the entire game, he tried to keep everything the same and not force anything. "I made a joke about having a no-hitter going into the second inning, but because it was so early I thought, `this is never going to last,' and I didn't realize it was perfect until we made the error in the seventh inning. I think he (Drew Stankiewicz) was more upset about it than I was. It wasn't really a big deal."
One can only imagine how the freshman was feeling as he took the mound for the final three outs of the game. "Near the end, I got a little anxious." said Kellogg. I tried to not look at the dugout while I was on the mound because they (the team) were going crazy."
Thanks to Kellogg, the Sun Devils handed Oregon State their first conference loss of the season. It was only their second loss of the year. The lefty has now defeated two top-5 teams as he beat No.2 ranked Arkansas in Surprise, AZ.
Ryan Kellogg became an overnight sensation in the college baseball world. His no-hitter gained national attention. He has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. Kellogg also received National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week recognition as well as Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors. The freshmen also sent his hat over to the College Baseball Hall of Fame, where his no-hitter will be remembered forever.
"It is definitely a huge moment in my career, as well as for ASU baseball. To come out and have a performance like this after the day we had yesterday, especially against No. 3 Oregon State, is great for the team and the program."
Pitching Coach Ken Knutson is credited with allowing Kellogg to stay in the game. "If a kid has got a shutout and his pitch count is decent, I'm going to let him finish." said Knutson. While he knew what was going on, the coach was more concerned about adding a win to their record.
"I was thinking that we needed to win the game. That was the big thing. It was so tight. We didn't get a hit for four innings. As the game was going on, I was certainly aware of it, but toward the end when we got a little bit of a cushion it was more about getting the thing done."
The freshman feels as if he now has a target on his back, and uses the no-hitter as motivation to come back and fight even harder. He will need to use that motivation on Friday night as No. 4 UCLA comes to Packard Stadium.