Cats Come Back for Season Sweep of WSU

WICHITA, Kan. - Ryan Moore's two-out single capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning as No. 16 Kansas State came back to defeat Wichita State, 7-4, Tuesday night in front of  7,217 fans, the largest regular-season crowd in Eck Stadium history.

With its fifth-straight win over the Shockers, Kansas State continued its school-record start as the Cats improved to 27-8 on the season. The win was also the fourth in a row against the Shockers on their home field, the most in K-State history. Coupled with an 8-3 victory earlier this season in Manhattan, the win sealed the Cats' second-straight season sweep over WSU, the first time since the 1952 and 1953 seasons.

Wichita State fell to 22-14 with the loss.

Leading 3-2 entering the seventh, Shocker reliever TJ McGreevy set down the Cats in order. But K-State got to the right-hander the next inning, beginning with a Carter Jurica infield single. Nick Martini then singled through the right side to put runners on the corners before Daniel Dellasega drove a fly ball into center field to tie the game at three.

With two outs, Blair DeBord popped up near the mound. WSU first baseman Preston Springer ran into McGreevy as he was making the play, knocking the ball out of McGreevy's glove for an error and allowing the inning to continue.

Moore took advantage of the extra out as he singled through the right side to plate Martini and give the Wildcats the lead. When the ball was thrown back to the infield, Moore broke for second base and stayed in a rundown long enough to allow DeBord to score from third base.

"It was good to see a freshman come through in a big situation," head coach Brad Hill said. "Ryan gave us a great at-bat and you thought something might happen after they made the error."

K-State added two runs in the ninth to build a 7-3 cushion before WSU tallied a run in its half on the inning to produce the final score.

Tyler Giannonatti, who worked a scoreless seventh inning, earned his first career win as he set down the Shockers in order. He allowed a leadoff double in the eighth, but Evan Marshall came in and slammed the door on the threat by retiring three-straight batters.

K-State starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh threw five solid innings, allowing four hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. The Shockers had a runner on second base in each of the first four innings, but Bahramzadeh was able to get out of the jams before he retired the side in the fifth.

"Kayvon was outstanding. We have been looking for that out of him," Hill said. "He had a tough go of it out in Provo and it wasn't very pretty. You don't know what you're going to get. The last time he had success was against Wichita State, but that was a long time ago. He gave us five strong innings, but I just left him out there too long."

Bahramzadeh allowed a single to begin the sixth before Cody Lassley hammered a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall to wipe out an early K-State lead and tie the game at 2-2. WSU took the lead when Chris O'Brien singled off reliever Robert Hawkins to bring home Kevin Hall.

Martini paced the Wildcats offensively as he went 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored. Martini also added three steals, the most by a Wildcat since Adam Muenster stole three bases against Baylor in 2008. Kent Urban also added a pair of hits.

K-State grabbed the first lead of the game in the second inning when Nick Cocking registered his first career hit, a line-drive shot into left field to score Urban from second.

The Cats added an unearned run in the fourth inning. Martini led off the inning with a single and stole second base. After a hit batter and a bunt single loaded the bases, DeBord grounded to third baseman Erik Hartbutz who threw home wildly allowing Martini to score on the error.

Kansas State returns to Big 12 action this weekend with a three-game series at Missouri, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday at Taylor Stadium.