K-State Hammers Butler in Doubleheader Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State totaled 29 runs on 26 hits including 12 that went for extra bases while both Kayvon Bahramzadeh and Todd Vogel picked up their second win of the season as the Wildcats swept Butler in a doubleheader by scores of 14-2 and 15-3, Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. With the twin-bill sweep, K-State improved to 14-3, while Butler fell to 1-12.


Game one saw a bevy of home runs as the Wildcats pounded out five in the game to go along with one double. The five Wildcat home runs were the most of the season and the most in a single game since also hitting five against South Dakota State on May 17, 2006. K-State came back to tally six doubles and one home run in the second game.


Bahramzadeh and Vogel each picked up their second win of the season in their third and second starts of the season, respectively. Bahramzadeh, who pitched the first game, allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. The freshman was more efficient as the game went on as he retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced. The Tucson, Ariz., native, who had five strikeouts in his complete game last week against Niagara, collected a career-best seven Saturday.


Vogel picked up his second win in as many starts as the senior allowed three runs on four hits in five innings of work. Vogel retired 12 of the first 16 batters he faced, while he walked two and struck out four.


Drew Biery finished the doubleheader 4-for-8 overall with one double, two home runs and eight RBI. In game one, the senior recorded a double and his first homer of the year, while he led the team with a K-State season-high six runs driven in. His six RBI were the most by a Wildcat in a single game since Biery had nine against South Dakota State on May 17, 2006.


Justin Bloxom was right behind Biery in RBI during game one with four, while the junior also collected two in the second game.


Just like Biery, sophomore infielder Jason King also went 4-for-8 in the two games, going 2-for-4 in each contest. In game two, he recorded his eighth double of the year to go along with three RBI, improving his season total to a Big 12 best 27.


Three Wildcat relievers on the day combined to throw six scoreless innings. In the first game, Hunter finished out the contest by allowing three hits and striking out two batters in two innings of work. Mark Joukoff, in his first appearance of the season, did not allow a hit in three innings as the first reliever in game two, while striking out three and walking two. Freshman Dustin Hobbs closed out the day by throwing one no-hit inning.


Kansas State held a 3-2 lead in game one after breaking a tie in the fourth, but the Wildcats exploded for 11 runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to cruise to a game-one win.


Three of K-State’s first four runs of the day came on solo-home runs in the first, second and fifth innings. Cater Jurica got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when he hammered a ball over the center-field wall for his first home run of the season after going 0-for-3 in the first game of the series on Friday. Jordan Cruz followed with a two-out, solo homer in the second inning, his third of the season.


Nick Martini blasted a solo shot over the right-field wall for his first-career home run. Martini’s homer wasn’t the only one of the inning as Bloxom followed with a walk and, following a line out, Biery blasted a ball over the left center-field wall for a two-run home run.


Biery also recorded an RBI in the fourth when he laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Martini.


Following K-State’s runs in the first and second, Butler tied the game as in the third inning when it recorded three-straight singles to open the frame to loaded the bases. After a Bahramzadeh strikeout, the right-hander then walked Colin Ziegel to bring home one run, while Grant Fillipitch hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at two.


After K-State’s three runs in the sixth, the floodgates opened when the Wildcats scored four runs in both the seven and eighth innings. In the seventh, Mike Kindel scored from third when Martini reached on an error. Two batters later, Biery stepped in with the bases loaded and pounded a double into deep left-center field to clear the bases and make the score 10-2.


In the eighth, back-to-back one-out singles and a walk loaded the bases before Bloxom blasted a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his second-career grand slam and to give the Cats their final tally of 14-2.


Game two began much like game one ended as the Wildcats scored eight runs in the first two innings. Dane Yelovich led off the Wildcat first with a hit-by-pitch before scoring on a Jurica double. Jurica then scored two batters later on a King double, before Biery hit his second home run of the day to make it 4-0.


The Wildcats weren’t done as they scored an unearned run to end the frame when Daniel Dellasega hit another first-inning double, stole second and then went home when the catcher’s throw went into left field.


In the second, K-State received three RBI from their No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 hitters on singles by King and Martini and a Bloxom groundout.


Dellasega recorded back-to-back RBI hits in the fifth and sixth on a single up the middle in the fifth before a double to right-center field in the sixth brought home another run.


The Wildcats will look for their second-consecutive four-game weekend sweep as K-State and Butler conclude its series with an 11 a.m. first pitch on Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.