K-State Falls to Northern Colorado, 3-0, Wednesday
March 13, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Northern Colorado right-hander Josh Tinnon tossed 7.2 scoreless innings and held a no-hitter until a one-out single in the sixth as the Bears shut out Kansas State, 3-0, Wednesday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
With the win, Northern Colorado moved to 4-7 on the year and picked up its first ever win over K-State in 14 tries. The Wildcats fell to 10-6.
A day after scoring 11 runs on 11 hits, the Wildcats could muster five only base hits and advanced a runner past second base on just one occasion. It was the first time the Wildcats were shut out since a 6-0 loss to Kansas on May 12 last year.
Tinnon (1-1) retired the first nine batters he faced until giving up a walk to Ross Kivett to lead off the fourth inning. He also hit Jon Davis with a pitch in the fifth, but forced the Wildcats to strand both runners.
It wasn't until a Kivett bouncing ball up the middle with one out in the sixth inning that K-State put its first hit on the board, but Tinnon recovered with a fly out and a ground out to get out of the frame. He was also the benefactor of a caught stealing after giving up a one-out single in the seventh inning to keep the Wildcats scoreless.
Tinnon allowed four hits and one walk to go along with five strikeouts. It was nearly a carbon copy of K-State starter Jake Doller's performance Tuesday night against the Bears when he gave up one hit in seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
"It was a frustrating day," head coach Brad Hill said. "First of all, you have to tip your cap. Their guy (Tinnon) did exactly what he had to do. If we're not going to make adjustments, then he's going to last almost nine innings. There were just no adjustments. We gave away a ton of at-bats early in the game. I don't know if we had a well-hit ball until the sixth inning. It's disappointing because we feel like we have a really good offensive ballclub."
Tinnon's first real trouble of the day didn't come in the eighth inning with Northern Colorado holding a 2-0 lead. Following a pair of strikeouts to lead off frame, Mitch Meyer doubled to right field to bring the tying run to the plate. Kivett was next and pulled a fastball that appeared to be heading down the left-field line, but Bear third baseman Joe Love made a diving stop to hold Kivett to an infield single.
With runners on the corners, Northern Colorado brought in Kevin Willman, and the right-hander forced an inning-ending fly out.
The shutdown inning gave the Bears momentum as they recorded consecutive two-out hits in the ninth, the latter a double by Dylan Banach, to put the game away. Willman completed his third save of the year by working around a one-out single in the ninth inning.
K-State starting pitcher Blake McFadden (1-1) suffered the loss as he only allowed two runs off eight hits and a walk. The right-hander, who worked 4.1 innings, also recorded four strikeouts.
Northern Colorado was led offensively by Love, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ryan Yamane drove in the Bears' first run in the third inning on a double down the right-field line, while Nick Miller singled through the right side of the infield to bring in a run in the fifth. Miller, Banach and Jensen Park recorded two hits apiece.
Kivett had two of the five Wildcat hits in the contest. First baseman Shane Conlon saw his 15-game hitting streak to begin the year come to an end.
Kansas State will begin Big 12 play this weekend by hosting conference newcomer West Virginia, Friday through Sunday, at Tointon Family Stadium. The series begins with a 6:30 p.m., first pitch on Friday before a 2 p.m., game Saturday and an 11 a.m., contest Sunday morning.
A pregame tailgate will begin 60 minutes prior to first pitch on both Friday and Saturday on the southwest lawn area of the stadium grounds. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a $5 cheeseburger meal and other concession items, while soda will be available for $2 and beer will be sold for $4. Friday's game is also a Team/Camper Night, and Saturday is Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day.
The series finale is a Sunday Family Day as fans can purchase a Wildcat 4 Pack that includes four general admission bench tickets and four concession vouchers for $30, while all kids can run the bases after the game.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone a 1-800-221-CATS or in person either at the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum or the Tointon Family Stadium box office beginning one hour prior to first pitch.
All three games can be seen world-wide on K-StateHD.TV, while K-State Gameday - a pregame show featuring analysis from former Wildcat All-American Craig Wilson - will air at 6 p.m., Friday evening. All three games can be heard online, for free, at both www.k-statesports.com and www.130kman.com.