April 18, 2012
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Jon Davis tied his career-high with three hits and Jared King drove in three runs as the Wildcats completed a two-game sweep of Northern Colorado with a 7-5 victory Wednesday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
K-State improved to 19-18 and has won all 12 games in the series history against the Bears. Northern Colorado fell to 14-19 with the loss.
Davis, a transfer from Palomar College, equaled his three-hit performance at Oklahoma on April 1 and drove in a run on a single to right field in the first inning. The Juneau, Alaska, product, who is riding a career-best six-game hitting streak, has raised his season average to .321 after going 17-for-38 (.447) over the last 12 games.
King tied his best RBI output of the season, two of which came on a single in the fourth to complete a four-run frame. He also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the first inning as he picked up his fifth multi-RBI game of the season.
“They are just being aggressive and swinging the bats,” head coach Brad Hill said. “There is not a lot of thought process with those two guys. You can see the guys who have a lot of thought process, are thinking too much, and their swings aren’t too good right now. There’s something to be said about just being happy to be playing. When you’re just happy to be out there and getting an opportunity and you’re not putting a lot of pressure on yourself, sometimes good things will happen.”
Ross Kivett, who recorded Tuesday-night’s walk-off double, was 2-for-2 on Wednesday with a pair of walks and a two-run double to start the Wildcat scoring in the fourth inning. Freshman Austin Fisher, who made his third start of the season, registered his first multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
K-State starter Caleb Wallingford retired the first batter to open the game, but then allowed three walks and a base hit as Northern Colorado scored a run and had the bases loaded. But the left-hander was able to escape further damage by recording a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
The Wildcats answered in the bottom of the first by scoring three runs on King’s fielder’s choice, Davis’ single and a double steal with runners on the corners to take a 3-1 lead.
In the third, Wallingford surrendered leadoff doubles to Taylor Anderson and Casey Coy, which cut the lead to 3-2. The Bears tied the game on a RBI ground out by Adrian Schenk.
Northern Colorado still threatened, putting two runners on base with a single and a walk. K-State elected to bring Johnny Fasola out of the bullpen. The right-hander, who took the loss in the second game of the Baylor series, ended the threat with a ground out then pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings while the Wildcat offense plated four in the fourth to build a 7-3 lead.
Fasola (1-1) picked up his first a career win as he threw a career-long 2.2 innings, working around three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The right-hander was charged with two runs after he left the game in the sixth inning.
A trio of Wildcat freshmen hurlers – Robert Youngdahl, Matt Wivinis and Nate Williams – finished the game by throwing 3.2 scoreless innings with four hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Williams, who worked around a two-out hit in the ninth, earned his fifth save of the year.
The K-State pitching staff struck out 10 batters on Wednesday, marking the 11th double-digit strikeout game this season.
Coy (0-3) started the game on the mound for Northern Colorado and suffered the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits with two walks in 3.1 innings. The Bears were led offensively by Schenk’s three hits, while Coy and Jensen Park added two hits apiece.
The Wildcats return to action this weekend as they travel to Columbia, Mo., for a three-game series at Missouri, Friday through Sunday, at Taylor Stadium. The Friday and Sunday contests will be streamed on K-StateHD.TV, while Saturday’s game will be shown on Fox Sports Kansas City with Brian Smoller and Mike Clark on the call.
All three games will be aired in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN, while free live audio of the entire series will be available online at www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.