Cats Hold Off Rally; Advance in Regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kansas State scored nine runs in the first five innings then held off a Grambling comeback in the late innings of the game as the Wildcat defeated the Tigers, 9-8, Saturday to remain alive in the 2010 NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.

Kansas State (37-21), the No. 3 seed in the regional, will play the loser of Saturday's nightcap between top-seeded Arkansas and No. 2 seed Washington State. Grambling (22-32) was eliminated from tournament.

Carter Jurica, Nick Martini and Daniel Dellasega -- the No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the lineup -- led the K-State attack with two hits apiece and six RBI. Jurica drove in a pair of runs, including one on his 12th homer of the season, and Martini had three RBI.

The Cats also got strong production at the bottom of the order as Mike Kindel and Chase Graskewicz each went 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.

Kayvon Bahramzadeh (2-3) picked up his first win since April 27 against Chicago State in a solid performance. The sophomore right-hander pitched a season-long 6.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. After allowing a RBI double in the second, Bahramzadeh retired 12 of the next 14 batters before exiting in the seventh.

K-State led 9-1 after a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Martini. But the Tigers wouldn't go away as they scored one run in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull within 9-6.

Grambling put its first two batters on base in the eighth with a single and hit batter. K-State called on James Allen, who, less than 24 hours earlier, gave up a game-winning home run in an 8-6 loss to Washington State. Allen struck out the first man he faced before an infield single by Mychal Roby and a sacrifice fly from Jeremy Shelby pulled the Tigers to 9-8.

In the ninth, Allen worked around a one-out single to pick up his ninth save by striking out the final two batters and keeping K-State's season alive for another day. His nine saves are the fourth-most in school history.

K-State scored the first three runs of the game as Dellasega drove in a run in the first inning before a second-inning homer by Kindel made the score 2-0. After a pair of walks and a fly out, Jurica singled to give the Cats a 3-0 lead.

Graskewicz drove in a third-inning run on a single to right field before Jurica's homer in the fourth made the score 5-1.

Grambling starter Adrian Turner (5-6) took the loss as he allowed nine runs on 12 hits in five innings of work. After Turner left the game, a trio of Tiger relievers -- John Brown, Jamal Breaux and Richard Bautista -- combined to allow just two this in the final four innings.

Kansas State will face either Arkansas or Washington State at 2:05 p.m., on Sunday. If the Wildcats win that game, they would play the winner of Saturday's Arkansas-WSU game at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. The games can be heard throughout the state of Kansas on the K-State Sports Network, while streaming video is available at www.ncaa.com.