March 1, 2014
ABILENE, Texas - K-State starting pitcher Landon Busch threw a complete game - a career-first in his third career start - as the K-State baseball team (3-7) beat Grand Canyon (4-6) 11-1 on Saturday at Crutcher Scott Field.
Busch, who had never pitched more than four innings in an outing entering the afternoon, struck out four and did not walk an Antelope batter in his new career-high of 9.0 innings pitched. The left-hander became the first K-State pitcher to register a complete game since Joe Flattery on March 22, 2013 against Bethune-Cookman.
"Coach [Josh Reynolds] has been working really hard with the guys on being efficient, and Busch was there," said K-State head coach Brad Hill. "He and [catcher] Alex Bee were outstanding together. Busch got in a great rhythm. In the third inning, he did a great job when he had guys on first and second with no outs. They get the bunt down, and now guys are on second and third, but Busch goes on to not allow anybody to score. He was outstanding."
The left-handed Busch scattered eight hits with his 99 pitches, 74 of which were strikes. Busch faced the minimum in three innings while helping strand seven Grand Canyon runners on base for the entire game. The one run Busch surrendered was on a groundout in the sixth inning.
While Busch was twirling a one-run complete game, the Wildcat offense provided plenty of support for the sophomore, including a six-run eighth inning. K-State had 11 hits, seven of which came in the seventh or eighth innings. Sophomore Clayton Dalrymple paced K-State with a career-high three hits. Lance Miles, making his second career start at second base, had a career-high four RBI to go with his two hits, both doubles, and a walk.
K-State utilized 10 batters in the eighth, with five of them notching a base hit. Shane Conlon started the frame by drawing a walk before RJ Santigate drove in the K-State first baseman with a single to right field. Later in the frame, Alex Bee and Miles each drove in two runs apiece with base hits. Miles used his second double of the day - and season - to drive in two runs. Pinch hitter Taylor Anderson also contributed in the inning with a sacrifice fly for his first RBI at K-State.
"Us putting up six runs late is what I really like; it crushed them," said Hill. "They're still hanging around and we're putting up some zeros, and then you just crush them with a six-spot. That is what I like to see."
K-State struck first in the third inning with a pair of RBI on Miles' first double of the afternoon that made it 2-0.
In the fourth, a leadoff single by Austin Fisher was followed by Max Brown's first triple of the season to make it 3-0. Santigate answered Brown's three-base hit with a sacrifice fly to score Brown and give K-State a four-run lead.
Back-to-back, two-out hits by K-State, started by Dalrymple's double to left-center field, added to K-State's lead in the seventh. Ross Kivett drove in Dalrymple with an RBI single to center, making it 5-1 Wildcats.
Eight of the nine starting position players for K-State reached base safely at least once. Bee, Miles and Dalrymple led the way by each reaching base three times.
K-State wraps up its day-night doubleheader on Saturday with a 7 pm game against Missouri State of the Missouri Valley Conference.