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K-State Comes Back for 12-8 Win, Sweeps Iowa


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March 9, 2014

Box Score I Video Highlights

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Facing a five-run deficit after six-and-a-half innings, the K-State baseball team rallied with 10 runs in the sixth through eighth frames to come from behind and beat Iowa 12-8 on Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium. The win secured a sweep of the Hawkeyes and extended the Wildcats' winning streak to six games.

K-State (7-7) was down 7-2 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning, but Austin Fisher's leadoff single in the sixth - snapping a stretch of 10 consecutive K-State hitters retired - ignited the rally. Back-to-back base hits by RJ Santigate and Mitch Meyer loaded the bases for freshman Tanner DeVinny, who drew a walk to score the first of four runs in the sixth. Alex Bee followed DeVinny's walk with his own bases-loaded free pass that made it 7-4 while Carter Yagi and Ross Kivett each drove in a run to pull within one, 7-6.

Iowa (9-4) responded with a run in the top of the seventh, but K-State did not relent as it seized the lead for the first time in the game on an RBI double by Alex Bee that made it 9-8 Wildcats. Bee's double was the fourth straight extra-base hit by K-State in the three-run seventh inning. RJ Santigate started it all with a one-out triple to right-center field, and Meyer and DeVinny each followed with an RBI double.

"After the fifth inning, our guys got back into it and began to piece it together," said K-State head coach Brad Hill. "We did not try to do too much at once, because when you are down four or five runs, you are going to need some help with an error, a couple walks or getting hit by a pitch. You just need a couple things like that to get back in to it and that is what we did."

The six-game winning streak for the Wildcats matches their longest for all of 2013. The sweep is K-State's first since May 10-12, 2013 at Kansas.

The Wildcats added three insurance runs in the eighth with an RBI single by Fisher, bases-loaded hit by a pitch by Santigate, and a sacrifice fly from Meyer. K-State was also hit by a pitch three times in the eighth and five times in the game.

The 12 runs for K-State are its most in a regular season game since April 24, 2013 at Nebraska.

K-State had 11 hits, nine of which came in the final three offensive frames. Iowa, meanwhile, had 16 hits in the contest, but six after the fifth inning.

Seven Wildcats drove in a run in K-State's first comeback win of the season. DeVinny and Bee led the way with three RBI, career-highs for both, while Meyer drove in two runs. Kivett, Fisher, Santigate and Yagi each had an RBI.

DeVinny, Fisher, Meyer and Santigate all had two hits each to tie for the team lead.

"Tanner DeVinny and Mitch Meyer gave us a couple good hits," said Hill. "It is good to see Mitch hit well. He is going to be such a big part of our ballclub. He was last year, and he has to be again this year. It was good to see him come up with a couple big hits for us."

Although the K-State pitching staff allowed eight runs and a season-high 16 hits, the group came through in the latter half of the game. Jake Whaley picked up the win - his first of his K-State career - after he threw 1 1/3 shutout innings. The right-hander entered the game in the seventh with two outs and a runner standing on third, but he induced a fly out to right field to end the frame.

Ethan Landon threw a scoreless ninth inning for his third consecutive scoreless appearance.

Iowa starting pitcher Tyler Peyton limited the Wildcats to a pair of second-inning runs before being responsible for four more runs in the sixth. Nick Hibbing took the loss for the Hawkeyes after he allowed five runs, four earned, in his 2/3 innings pitched.

K-State starting pitcher Landon Busch was chased from the contest in the second inning after he surrendered four runs on six hits, including a two-run home run in the second. The left-hander finished with 1 2/3 innings pitched.

K-State will return to action on Wednesday, March 12 against Omaha at Tointon Family Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm.