K-State Holds On For Two-Run Victory Over Roadrunners

Evan Marshall

May 3, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan.Jason King broke a 5-5 tie with a RBI triple in the seventh inning supporting Evan Marshall's 2.1 no-hit innings of relief pitching as Kansas State topped Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-6, Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats improved to 27-17 on the year and 18-5 at home. K-State also captured the four-game season series against the Roadrunners after winning both games in Bakersfield last week. Cal State-Bakersfield fell to 25-16 with the loss.

The Wildcats led 5-1 after scoring two runs in the first and three more in the second. But the Roadrunners stormed back with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth on a homer by Martin Medina to pull within 5-4. CSUB starter Jonathan Montoya (7-3) found his groove and shut down the Cats from the third through the sixth innings, allowing Kevin Younger's RBI single in the sixth to tie the game.

Nick Martini was hit by a pitch to open the K-State seventh and the Wildcats took advantage. King followed and blasted the second pitch he saw into the right-center field gap that CSUB right-fielder Ryan McIntyre couldn't grab on a dive, allowing Martini to score from first as King slid in for his fourth triple of the year. King later scored on a wild pitch to give the Cats a 7-5 advantage.

The Wildcat third baseman produced an insurance run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly, building the lead to 8-5. With closer James Allen on for the save in the ninth inning, Andrew Letourneau reached on an infield single and scored when Jeremy Rodriguez doubled to deep center with two outs. That brought Medina to the plate as the tying run, but Allen forced him to fly out to end the contest. In the process, Allen collected his fifth-straight save in as many outings, extending his school records to a season-total of 15 and 28 for his career.

“Cal State Bakersfield was fierce tonight,” head coach Brad Hill said. “You could feel the momentum swing in the fourth inning when they had three two-strike base hits to score a run before Medina hit the ball out of the park the next inning. It was on after that.”

Marshall (4-4) got K-State out of a jam in the sixth inning with the go-ahead run at second base with two outs. The right-handed reliever recorded a ground out to end the threat, then in the seventh stranded leadoff man Oscar Sanay, who was hit by a pitch, before tossing a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts. It was Marshall’s first win since April 11 against Oklahoma.

“Those zeros he threw up there were really big for us,” Hill said. “It enabled us to get momentum back on our side because we didn’t have it there for quite a while. We got up 5-1 and lost some of our energy and emotion. We can’t do that. This is too good of a club.”

The Wildcats were led offensively by Wade Hinkle and Jake Brown, who tallied three hits apiece. Hinkle picked up his fifth multi-RBI game of the season when he singled home a pair of runs in the first inning. King, who had three RBI, had a sacrifice fly in the second, which followed a RBI single by Martini. Martini also had two hits to earn his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the year.

Medina, who singled home a run in the first to go along with his home run, was 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead CSUB. Younger had a pair of RBI base hits in the fourth and sixth.

The Wildcats and Roadrunners conclude their two-game midweek series with a 6:30 p.m., contest Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium. To order tickets, fans can call the Kansas State Athletics Ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, log on to www.k-statesports.com/tickets or visit the office inside Bramlage Coliseum. The ticket windows at Tointon Family Stadium open one hour prior to first pitch.