Feb. 27, 2011
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – California starting pitcher Justin Jones was dominant and the Golden Bear offense continued its hot hitting on the weekend as Kansas State dropped its second game of the season, 8-1, on Sunday in the final contest of the Baseball at the Beach tournament at BB&T Coastal Field.
K-State fell to 5-2 on the year, while California improved to 5-1 after picking up three wins in South Carolina.
Jones (1-0) surrendered a first inning run when Tanner Witt led off the frame with a walk, moved to second on a bunt single by Ryan Moore and to third on a sacrifice bunt. Jason King was next and drove Witt home on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Kent Urban coaxed a leadoff walk to begin the second, but Jones picked the Wildcat senior off first base. Jones then retired 14 of the next 18 batters he faced, while the left-hander faced the minimum from the second inning through the sixth frame.
“He did a great job,” head coach Brad Hill said of Jones. “He didn’t have good command early, but unfortunately we shot ourselves in the foot by getting picked off twice. We had the leadoff guy on three of the first four innings, but getting picked off twice gives him more confidence. He got an out and then got a feel for what he was doing. He was lights out after he got those two pick offs and we didn’t create any more pressure.”
Logan Scott and Matt Flemer finished out the game on the hill for No. 17 California as they combined with Jones to face just three batters over the minimum on the afternoon.
K-State starter Levi Schlick (0-1) had a solid bounce-back performance despite the loss after working just three innings in a start last weekend at Pacific. After giving up a RBI double by Devin Rodriguez in the first, the left-hander surrendered just two hits over the next three innings to keep the game tied at one through four.
“Levi got more aggressive and made more pitches for us,” Hill said. “He competed much better. He’ll get better as he continues to grow, learn and gain more confidence in himself. The ceiling is pretty high for him. He just needs to continue to move in the right direction. It was definitely a step in the right direction this week.”
The California offense, which ended its weekend with 29 runs on 39 hits in the three games, got to Schlick in the fifth, bringing home two runs on a double by Marcus Semien.
The Bears also plated one run off Wildcat reliever Kayvon Bahramzadeh in the sixth before Evan Marshall entered in the seventh and allowed two runs on RBI hits from Tony Renda and Chadd Krist. The pair of the runs in the seventh essentially put the game away at 6-1 with the Golden Bear pitchers frustrating the Cats all afternoon.
Krist and Chad Bunting led California offensively as they both went 3-for-5, while Krist drove in two runs. Semien, Rodriguez and Danny Oh also added two hits apiece.
Kansas State will host Western Illinois in the 2011 home opener on Friday, March 4, the first of four games over the weekend. Season and single game tickets remain through the K-State Athletics Ticket office, including a reserved chairback season-ticket package for only $100 each with the purchase of four or more tickets.
A live webcast of all four games against the Leathernecks will be available through K-State’s multimedia channel, K-State All-Access at www.k-statesports.com. The webcast features two camera angles and the audio from the Wildcats’ radio broadcast. Subscriptions for K-State All-Access are available for $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year. To sign up, fans can click on the K-State All-Access player at the bottom of the main page of www.k-statesports.com.