Pitching Leads K-State to Fifth-Straight Win

March 8, 2014

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State baseball team limited Iowa to a pair of runs for the second straight game as the Wildcats beat the Hawkeyes 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats (6-7) extended their winning streak to five games, their longest such streak since May of 2013.

For the fourth time in the last five games, the K-State bullpen was not responsible for any runs. After Jake Fromson allowed two inherited Iowa (9-3) runners to score in the sixth, Nate Griep and Jake Whaley each threw a scoreless inning before Jake Matthys recorded his second save in as many days with a perfect ninth frame. Wildcat relievers have combined for a 0.00 ERA since February 28.

“Our pitching has been really good for the most part all season long,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill, “Especially when you basically go senior [pitcher], freshman and freshman [to start off the game]. Yesterday, we went sophomore, freshman, freshman and sophomore. Those young guys keep going out there and doing a pretty good job.”

With the save, Matthys, who had two strikeouts in the ninth, moved into sole possession of sixth place on K-State’s career saves list with 11.

K-State starting pitcher Jared Moore (3-1) notched his third-straight winning decision – a career-first – after he struck out three and walked one in five-plus innings pitched. The left-hander scattered five hits and was responsible for both Iowa runs. He allowed back-to-back leadoff singles in the sixth before being lifted for Fromson.

“Another good start [from Moore],” said Hill. “He just made a couple mistakes to start off the sixth, but Fromson did a really good job of basically stopping that inning and getting the ground ball that scored the second run.”

The Wildcats struck in the first inning for the third straight game when Austin Fisher’s RBI groundout plated Ross Kivett and gave K-State an early 1-0 advantage.

K-State left five combined runners on base in the first through the fourth innings, but RJ Santigate came through in the fifth with a two-run, two-out single into center field that made it 3-0 Wildcats. The inning was started when Kivett drew a leadoff walk for the second time in the game, and Shane Conlon was intentionally issued a free pass with Kivett standing on second base following Lance Miles’ sacrifice bunt. Kivett and Conlon converted a double steal to move to second and third base prior to Santigate’s single.

Five of Santigate’s nine RBI this season have been recorded with two outs. He is also the only Wildcat so far this season with more than one multi-RBI game as he leads the team with four.

K-State answered Iowa’s two runs in the top of the sixth when Kivett plated Blair DeBord with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. DeBord reached base with a double down the left field line, the senior’s first extra-base hit of the season.

In the eighth, DeBord notched his second RBI of the campaign with a bloop single into left field that plated Max Brown. Both DeBord and Brown had two hits in the game, combining for four of K-State’s nine hits.

Kivett reached base three times to extend his on-base streak to 11 games while Conlon had a single and a walk to advance his team-best on-base streak to 12 games. Fisher went 0-for-4, seeing his on-base streak end at 12 games.

The Wildcats will go for their first sweep since May 10-12, 2013 against Kansas when they face Iowa on Sunday, March 8. First pitch is 1 pm and will feature starting pitchers Landon Busch for K-State and Tyler Peyton for Iowa.