April 26, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Nick Martini singled home Ross Kivett in the top of the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie and James Allen picked up his 14th save of the season as the Wildcats edged Cal State-Bakersfield, 5-4, Monday evening at Hardt Field.
K-State won its fifth-straight game and its 10th in the last 14 contests as the Wildcats improved to 25-15 on the year. The Wildcats are now 8-9 in one-run games this season and have won four of their last five games decided by a run.
The Roadrunners, who lost their fourth game in a row, fell to 24-12.
K-State, which scored four runs in the fifth, held a 4-2 lead until the Roadrunners tied the game with two runs in the seventh. As the teams battled into the ninth inning, CSUB called on ace starting pitcher Mike McCarthy (5-4) for his first career relief appearance with one out. The right-hander jumped ahead of Kivett with two strikes before the freshman blasted a pitch into the left-center field gap and raced to third with his first career triple. Martini followed and hit the first pitch he saw into right field to score Kivet with the go-ahead run.
Allen, who earned a save in all three games of last weekend's sweep of Texas Tech, worked a perfect inning, including a game-ending strikeout of Kevin Younger. The save improved Allen's single-season and career records and moved him into a tie for sixth in Big 12 history with 28 career saves.
"Ross Kivett's triple with two strikes was unbelievable," head coach Brad Hill said. "Nick got on the first pitch right away to give us the lead. It was a solid win against a very good ballclub. To be honest with you, I wasn't pitching James tonight, but he wanted the ball. I wasn't going to do it because our weekends are so important right now and we need him and Evan (Marshall) fresh on weekends. But when the guy wants the ball, I'll give it to him. It just shows his competitiveness and him wanting to be out there to go get that win for us."
The Roadrunners tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh on a solo-homer by Martin Medina and a RBI single by Cael Brockmeyer. With the bases loaded and two out, Kayvon Bahramzadeh (2-0) struck out Tyler Shryock to end the rally, then worked a perfect eighth inning before Martini's and Allen's heroics in the ninth.
Martini recorded his fourth four-hit game of the season with two RBI. Mike Kindel stroked a pair of doubles, pushing his season total to a team-leading 14. Jason King, whose three-run homer highlighted K-State's fifth-inning outburst, recorded his seventh multi-RBI game of the season.
CSUB's Andrew Letourneau, Oscar Sanay and Medina combined for seven hits, including three hits and two RBI from Medina. Relief pitcher Nick Shannon kept K-State on its heels with 3.1 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with a walk and three strikeouts.
Cal State-Bakersfield scored in the first inning when Medina singled off K-State starter Justin Lindsey to make the score 1-0. The Cats finally got on the board in the fifth as Martini tied the game with a run-scoring single ahead of King who blasted an inside fastball over the right-field wall for his eighth home run to make the score 4-1.
Kansas State and Cal State-Bakersfield conclude their midweek series on Tuesday with an 8 p.m., (CT) first pitch at Hardt Field. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.