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ASU RJ Ybarra rounds third after hitting a three run homerun at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Tempe on February 21, 2015.(Photo: Patrick Breen/azcentral sports)

No. 21 Arizona State baseball fell behind for a fourth straight game Saturday, but that wasn’t enough to derail the Ryan Express.

Ryan Kellogg overcame allowing a three run homer in the second to pitch 7 2/3 innings, and Ryan Burr stranded the tying and leading runs in the ninth for a 7 6 win over No. 3 TCU (5 1) before 3,559 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Ybarra said. “It’s good we’re able to battle back and still win ball games. The great thing is we’re not even playing our best baseball. cheap nfl jerseys
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Ybarra had his best game at designated hitter, going 3 of 4 and a triple short of hitting for the cycle. His three run homer on a first pitch change up from Tyler Alexander (0 1) in the third put ASU up 5 3, a lead it never lost.

“I thought it was a pop fly (to left) to be quite honest,” Ybarra said. “I guess it carried pretty well out there today.”

Kellogg improved to 2 0 for ASU (4 2), throwing 113 pitches, but he twice failed to cover first base, including in the second for what could have been an inning ending double play before Zack Plunkett’s three run homer. The junior left hander has nine wins over top 15 ranked opponents.

ASU also committed three errors, all by different infielders. Third baseman Dalton DiNatale’s throwing error to begin the ninth and later a passed ball off a third strike by catcher Brian Serven helped TCU to score one run and put runners on first and third. Collegiate National team coached by TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle, put out the fire by striking out Evan Skoug for his third save of the season and 27th of his three year career.

“If you’re going to pitch in this program, you’re going to compete,” Smith said. “The one thing you’ll never question with Ryan Kellogg is whether he’s going to compete. After silly mistakes, some guys will let that affect their next pitch. He’s very good at, ‘Let it go and focus on the next pitch.’”

Smith told his players he was most proud of Burr for not letting the ninth inning “spiral out of control. He’s very mature and has been in the situation before. He just went out and executed his pitches.”

Martinez worked six innings (98 pitches) Wednesday against Oklahoma. “He deserves the opportunity to start,” Smith said, “but we’re going to tell him the NCAA championship is not won tomorrow so we need him to communicate honestly with us on how he feels.” Alex Young is the scheduled starter for TCU.