March 3, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State combined for 22 runs on 25 hits over two games en route to a 9-2 and 13-3 doubleheader sweep of Oakland Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. With the two victories, K-State improved to 6-3 on the year, while Oakland fell to 0-7.
Junior third baseman RJ Santigate led the charge offensively with four hits on the day, including a triple in game two as part of a 3-hit, four-RBI performance. Shane Conlon, Jon Davis and Mitch Meyer were right behind Santigate with three hits over the two games.
"We were much better offensively today," head coach Brad Hill said. "We started stringing together at-bats, and two-out RBI were huge for us. It was good to see a guy like Jon Davis come around, while Shane Conlon and RJ Santigate were good all day long. We didn't give away too many at-bats. It was also good to give other guys an opportunity to get in there because you never know - you're an injury away from a Jake Wodtke or a Clayton Dalrymple playing."
Conlon has recorded at least one hit in the first nine games of the season, the third-best mark to start a season in Hill's 10-year tenure in Manhattan. The first baseman leads the Wildcats with a .486 (17-for-35) batting average and a .525 on-base percentage.
Davis registered his team-leading second home run of the year, a solo shot in the second inning of the first game, while the senior came back with a RBI triple as part of an eight-run K-State second inning in game two. The Juneau, Alaska, native capped his day with a double off the right-field wall later in the contest.
Meyer, who came into the day with three hits in 15 at-bats, recorded a pinch-hit RBI triple in the first game before a pair of singles in the second contest.
The Wildcats also put together solid pitching performances throughout the day, limiting Oakland to just five runs on 13 hits in the twin bill. Starting pitchers Joe Flattery (1-1) and Matt Wivinis (1-0) each lasted at least five innings as both earned their first wins of the year. Flattery's 6.2-inning outing was a season best.
The K-State bullpen was even more impressive by combining for six shutout innings, including 3.2 no-hit frames during game two. Freshman Jake Matthys worked around a walk in his 0.2 innings in the second game, before Landon Busch, Blake McFadden and Jake Doller each threw an inning of relief.
With the pair of victories, Hill has 800 career wins as a collegiate head coach when taking into account his 83 victories at Hutchinson Community College from 1988-90. He is now one victory away from becoming the second coach in Kansas State history with 300 wins.
Game one featured home runs over the left-field wall by Davis and Jared King. King's was his first of the year, which was the start of a four-run seventh inning. Damion Lovato hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning before Meyer's pinch-hit triple.
The four-run seventh was the second multi-run inning of the game as the Wildcats scored three in the fourth inning on an Austin Fisher RBI single, a Conlon sacrifice fly and an error.
In game two, K-State exploded for eight runs in the second inning thanks to three Oakland errors. The scoring opened with a Davis RBI triple to left-center field, while Fisher, King and Ross Kivett each drove in a run before Santigate closed the frame with a two-run triple himself.
The Wildcats also plated two runs in the sixth and seventh innings on singles by Meyer and Santigate.
Oakland starting pitchers Jake Paulson and Tim Koons each dropped to 0-2 on the season. Mike Carson and Nolan Jacoby had two hits to lead the Grizzlies in the first and second games, respectively.
Kansas State continues its 19-game homestand with a pair of 3 p.m., contests Tuesday and Wednesday against Niagara at Tointon Family Stadium. Fans can purchase a $3 general admission bench ticket to Tuesday's game when presenting a men's basketball ticket against TCU. Tickets can be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS and in person at the K-State Athletics Ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum or at the Tointon Family Stadium box office prior to the game.
Both games against Niagara will be shown worldwide on K-StateHD.TV. Subscriptions are priced at $9.95 per month and $79.95 per year. The game can also be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online (for free) at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.