Cats Record Four Multi-Run Frames to Complete Sweep

Gerardo Esquivel pitched two shuout frames with two strikeouts

May 15, 2011

Final Stats

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State pounded out a season-high 16 hits and the Wildcat bullpen pitched four shutout innings as K-State completed a three-game sweep of New Orleans, 13-2, Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State moved to 31-20 with the win, while the Privateers fell to 3-47.

In bettering their previous season-high of 15 hits accomplished three times earlier this season, the Wildcats smacked five hits for extra bases. That included Jared King's eighth home run in the fifth inning as the freshman from Dublin, Ohio, finished just a triple away from the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Jason King and Wade Hinkle each recorded three base hits as part of the Wildcat offensive onslaught. Jason King hit his 10th sacrifice fly of the year in the first inning, tying the K-State single-season record. Nick Martini also produced his team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season with a RBI triple in the first and he singled and scored in the fifth.

Kansas State registered a trio of three-run innings. In the second, two bases-loaded walks were sandwiched around a run-scoring single by Ross Kivett to push the Cats out to a quick 5-0 lead. Jared King's homer, a Jason King RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Chase Graskewicz produced three more runs in the fifth and a 9-2 margin.  In the sixth, the Wildcats took advantage of an error, a Jared King double and a single by Hinkle to go up 12-2.

"I definitely saw some guys make some adjustments today," head coach Brad Hill said. "We had some guys get under the ball a little bit, but they came back, hit the ball flat and got it to the other side of the yard. I thought, defensively, we were outstanding this weekend."

Kansas State combined to score 34 runs on 40 hits in the three-game series, while hitting .385 and stealing 17 bases against the Privateers. Martini had five stolen bases in the three games to improve his career total to 59, just two shy of second place in K-State history.

Blake Freeman, Gerardo Esquivel and Jared Moore shut out the Privateers over the final four frames in relief of starter Shane Conlon (3-1). Esquivel struck out two batters in his two innings of work after Freeman recorded a strikeout in the fifth inning. The Wildcat bullpen surrendered just one earned run on six hits in seven innings during the series.

Conlon earned the win, working five innings with four strikeouts. He allowed a pair of fourth-inning runs on a RBI double by Jake Palmisano and a sacrifice fly by Chris Geronimo. 

Kansas State will play its final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday at Wichita State. First pitch at Eck Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.