March 15, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games after capturing both contests in Saturday's doubleheader against Northern Colorado at Tointon Family Stadium, 24-3 and 11-0. The pair of victories also gave the Wildcats the series sweep and improves their record to 11-7 on the season.
The K-State offense had 36 combined hits on Saturday compared to Northern Colorado's 11, with Ross Kivett and Mitch Meyer leading the way for the Wildcats with five hits each. Meyer was the only Wildcat with multi-hit efforts in each of the two games as the junior went 2-for-3 with four RBI in game one and 3-for-3 with two RBI in game two.
"Great focus by our guys this weekend," said K-State head coach Brad Hill. "We had great plate discipline, got ourselves in a lot of up-count situations, and they did a really good job of hitting. Great job of taking the ball the other way, base-running was solid; just a great weekend all the way around."
For the series, K-State outscored Northern Colorado 45-3. The Wildcats' 24 runs in Saturday's game one were the most for K-State since March 2, 2010 when it beat Western Michigan 27-8 in Winter Haven, Fla.
Meyer hit a three-run home run in K-State's six-run second inning of game one, his second roundtripper in the last four games, to make it 7-2. K-State went on to score five runs in the third, four in the fifth, seven in the sixth and one in the eighth.
Eleven different Wildcats had at least one RBI in game one, including a career-high three from Max Brown, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. Kivett had three RBI to go with his four hits while Austin Fisher, Clayton Dalrymple and Brooks DeBord each had two RBI. DeBord drove in both of his runs with a double, the sophomore's first career hit at K-State, in the sixth.
In game two, Meyer and Fisher each had a game-high two RBI. RJ Santigate, meanwhile, tied Meyer for the team-lead with three hits.
While the offense had 50 hits on the weekend, the K-State pitching staff did its part by throwing a pair of shutouts: one on Friday and another in Saturday's game two. Starting pitcher Landon Busch led the way for K-State on Saturday evening, going five innings and surrendering three hits to pick up his second win of the season. Four K-State relievers followed Busch by combining to hold the Bears to one hit in four scoreless innings.
"Two shutouts is outstanding," said Hill. "I was really happy with Landon Busch coming back from a rough outing against Iowa. He made good adjustments this week, working with Coach [Josh] Reynolds, and got himself corrected."
Saturday evening's shutout gave K-State two shutouts in a three-game series for the first time since March 17-18, 2006 against North Dakota State.
Senior Jared Moore started game one on Saturday for the Wildcats, matching his career-high for innings pitched with seven. The southpaw allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five to earn his fourth straight winning decision.
Colton Kalmus and Jordan Witcig each turned in a hitless shutout inning pitched in game one. Kalmus also had two strikeouts, and Witcig had one punchout.
Over its 10-game winning streak, the K-State offense has batted .354 (120-for-339) with an average of 9.9 runs per game. The pitching staff, meanwhile, has posted a 2.40 ERA. The winning streak is the longest for the Wildcats since they won 16 in a row in 2006.
K-State will wrap up its nine-game homestand with a two-game midweek series against Air Force, starting on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 pm. The two teams will meet again on March 19 at 3 pm.