Feb. 23, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Kansas State right-hander Kayvon Bahramzadeh pitched six strong innings while the Wildcat offense backed him with five runs over the first three frames as K-State defeated San Diego State, 7-2, Thursday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Wildcats evened their record at 2-2, while the Aztecs fell to 1-4 to begin the 2012 campaign.
Bahramzadeh (1-0) was solid in the first start of his senior campaign, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts while throwing only 69 pitches.
The Tucson, Ariz., product was perfect his first time through the order, throwing only 25 pitches in the first three innings. He allowed a leadoff walk in the fourth inning, but he continued to no-hit the Aztecs until a leadoff single in the fifth. Bahramzadeh's six inning stint was his longest outing since going 6.1 innings against Grambling State in the 2010 NCAA Regional.
“We really needed something good to happen for us, and it started on the mound,” head coach Brad Hill said. “He did a great job. He cruised through the first three innings, and he showed great poise and composure when he lost his feel in the fourth and got it back. He pitched through some adversity in the sixth and only gave up one run. It was a great go by him and it really set the tone for us tonight.”
The Wildcat offense responded by tallying 10 hits, including three-hit, one-RBI games by center fielder Jared King and first baseman Wade Hinkle.
The Wildcats also recorded three two-out RBI in the contest, each of which came in the third inning. King led off the third with a one-out double and was singled home with two outs by Blair DeBord. Following a pair of walks, Dan Klein singled through the left side of the infield to score two more runs and break open the game for the Wildcats at 5-0.
“The two-out RBIs are big. That’s what wins games,” Hill said. “We talked about that a lot. After last weekend, we felt like we didn’t compete at the plate or have a good approach of what we were trying to do. Hopefully those guys learned from that because that’s what really made us so productive tonight.”
DeBord got things going in the first inning against Aztec starter Cole Swanson (0-1) with a two-run single to left field. Mike Kindel, who did not have an official at-bat in four plate appearances, pushed across another K-State run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, while King produced the final Wildcat run in the sixth on a RBI single to left field.
Swanson took the loss for SDSU as he surrendered five runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. San Diego State scored its first run of the game in the sixth inning on a Cody Smith single, while John Spirk hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.
K-State turned to a pair of freshman relievers to finish the game as Robert Youngdahl pitched the seventh inning and into the eighth, allowing three walks, while Nate Williams gave up the solo homer and struck out one in two innings of work.
Kansas State continues play at the San Diego Tournament with a 12 p.m. (CT), contest on Friday against San Diego at Cunningham Stadium. The Wildcats are scheduled to start right-hander Matt Applegate, while the Toreros will counter with right-hander Calvin Drummond. The game can be heard online at www.k-statesports.com and will be shown on K-StateHD.TV.