Feb. 24, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego plated 12 runs over the seventh and eighth innings to blow open a tight game as the Toreros ran away from Kansas State 15-1 Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, USD moved to 2-2 on the season, while the Wildcats fell to 2-3.
K-State starting pitcher Matt Applegate (0-1) gave up a two-out RBI single in the first and a two-out, two-run homer to Corey LeVier in the third as USD took a 3-0 lead. From that point on, the senior right-hander kept K-State in the game as he retired 11-straight USD batters until a leadoff single in the seventh.
Following a walk two batters later, Applegate was relieved by Shane Conlon, who walked another batter before giving up a sacrifice fly that increased USD's lead to 4-1. After K-State brought in junior Jake Doller, Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer to deep center field to make the score 7-1, and the floodgates opened for the Toreros.
Applegate was charged with five runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. His seven strikeouts were the third-most in his career after recording 13 against Texas Tech and 12 against New Orleans last season.
“He wasn’t really sharp at all,” head coach Brad Hill said of Applegate. “He was throwing pitches all over the place, but he competed. He didn’t have good command, and that caught up to him in the third with the home run. We felt comfortable with the score being 3-1 in the seventh with him really kind of struggling with command.”
Following the five-run seventh, San Diego scored seven more in the eighth, four off Doller and three off freshman Caleb Wallingford. The Toreros totaled seven of their 16 hits in the inning, including six in their first seven plate appearances to open up the frame.
The No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters in the San Diego lineup – Bryant, LeVier and Bryan Haar – combined to tally nine hits and nine RBI in the contest. Bryant had three hits and four RBI, while Harr collected four hits and drove in three runs.
The Wildcats didn’t help themselves offensively, coming up with only six hits. K-State put four runners on base in the first two innings against San Diego starter Calvin Drummond (2-0), but had nothing to show for it.
Kansas State’s best chance against Drummond came in the fourth inning when the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs. RJ Santigate grounded into a double play to score a run, but a strikeout ended the inning.
“We’re still trying to learn,” Hill said. “We have new guys in new situations, and I’m trying to learn what some guys can and can’t do. In the fourth, we took the good pitch to begin the at-bat, but we then hit his pitch that resulted in a double play. We’ll get better from it. It’s still early.”
Drummond lasted seven innings, allowing the one run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. James Pazos finished up the ballgame for the Toreros, recording five strikeouts in two innings of work.
K-State was led offensively by Santigate and Ross Kivett with two hits apiece. Wade Hinkle walked twice and Jared King recorded a first-inning triple for his only hit of the afternoon.
The Wildcats will return to Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State for the final two games of the San Diego Tournament. K-State will take on the Aztecs for a second time beginning at 4 p.m., (CT) Saturday. The Wildcats are expected to start left-hander Joe Flattery, while SDSU will throw right-hander TJ Kendzora. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN or online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.