Bahramzadeh's Complete-Game Fuels K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State freshman starting pitcher Kayvon Bahramzadeh, in just the second start of his career, threw a complete game as the Wildcats blew by Niagara, 12-2, Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. With the win, K-State improved to 9-2, while the Purple Eagles fell to 2-8.


Bahramzadeh’s complete game didn’t come easy as the right hander allowed two Niagara runs in the third inning, the first coming on an error and double, before a sacrifice bunt and a single gave Niagara a 2-1 lead. But Bahramzadeh, who threw 97 pitches, was nearly untouchable the rest of the game as he sprayed just two hits the final six innings.


Bahramzadeh, a product of Tucson, Ariz., allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. It was K-State’s first complete game since current senior Lance Hoge shutout Oklahoma State on March 30 last season.


For the fifth time this season, the Wildcats recorded double-digits in both hits and runs. Senior Dane Yelovich led the way as he went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two run scored. Yelovich, who set a career high with his four hits, also tallied a career-best two doubles.


Carter Jurica and Rob Vaughn each recorded three-hit, one-RBI games, while Justin Bloxom and Drew Biery recorded two hits apiece.


Trailing by one after the top of the third, the Wildcats scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning all coming with two outs to take control of the game. Yelovich reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before Adam Muenster lined out for the second out. Jurica then walked, which was followed by a Bloxom single to plate Yelovich and move Jurica to third.


With runners on the corners, Kansas State, much like they did at Houston, ran into a run as Bloxom stole second and Jurica scored on the throw down for the second run of the frame. Jason King followed with a single up the middle to plate Bloxom. Biery followed suit and singled to put runners on first and second, when freshman Nick Martini doubled into deep right-center field to plate both runs. Vaughn followed Martini with a double of his own down the left-field line to bring in the sixth run of the frame.


K-State tallied a pair of runs in the seventh inning when Vaughn singled through the left side and moved to second when Cruz was hit by a pitch. Yelovich then singled up the middle to score Vaughn before consecutive walks by Muenster and Jake Brown brought home Cruz.


The Wildcats scored single runs in four other innings. Yelovich singled in the fifth and doubled in the eighth to bring home a pair of runs, while Jurica’s single in the first inning scored Yelovich. In the fourth, Muenster scored on a Bloxom groundout to first base.


Kansas State will attempt for its first series sweep of the season with an 11 a.m. first pitch on Sunday against Niagara.