April 3, 2012
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Five Nebraska pitchers combined to shutout Kansas State and the Huskers broke open a two-run game with three runs in the seventh inning as they topped K-State, 6-0, Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.
K-State, which fell to 14-14 on the season, was shutout for the first time since March 18 last season at Texas, while it was the first time the Wildcats were blanked in non-conference play since May 5, 2010, against Minnesota. Nebraska moved to 20-11 with the win and swept the three-game season series.
The Wildcats mustered only four hits, the second-fewest this season and the lowest total in a home game since three against the Gophers in 2010.
Leading 2-0, Nebraska had five-straight batters reach base with one out in the seventh inning, including a RBI single by Rich Sanguinetti and a two-out, two-run base hit by Kash Kalkowski.
That was all the Huskers needed as K-State only had two base hits through five innings and advanced just one runner to third base all night.
Nebraska had three players collect two-hit games, including two-hit, two-RBI games by Sanguinetti and Kalkowski. Kurt Farmer was also 1-for-3 with a walk and scored twice.
Husker starter Tyler King (1-0) earned the win in a predetermined pitch-count start, allowing just one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Tyler Niederklein followed with three innings of one-hit ball.
Jared Moore (2-2) suffered the loss by allowing two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings. One bright spot for the Wildcats on the evening was reliever Jake Doller, who threw 2.1 scoreless innings, working around one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
K-State's best chance to score came in the second inning when Dan Klein walked with two outs and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, but King struck out Jon Davis to end the threat.
Nebraska took a 2-0 lead in the third when Michael Pritchard recorded a two-out infield single to put runners on the corners. Sanguinetti doubled down the right-field line to score one run and when Tanner Witt threw wildly to second base for an error another run scored.
The Huskers added a run in the ninth on a Kale Kiser sacrifice fly.
Witt walked in the first inning to extend his career-long streak of consecutive games reaching base to 21. Matt Giller went 0-for-3 to snap a career-best eight-game hitting streak.
K-State will step out of conference this weekend as the Wildcats host Sacred Heart, Thursday through Saturday, at Tointon Family Stadium. Thursday’s game, which begins at 6:30 p.m., serves as Youth Team/Camper Night as youth teams and K-State baseball campers receive one free general admission bench ticket (by reservation only).
To order tickets to the Sacred Heart series, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office by phone at 1-800-221-CATS, online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or at the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum. All three games against the Pioneers will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV and can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN as well as online at www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.