May 1, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas State scored two runs in the fifth inning to pull within a run of Wichita State, but the Shockers answered with six runs over the next two frames as they earned a 10-3 victory over the Wildcats Tuesday evening at Eck Stadium.
With the win, the Shockers improved to 28-20 on the year and completed the season sweep of Kansas State, their first since 2004. The Wildcats fell to 19-27 as their losing skid is now at nine games, the longest since a 10-game slide in 2003.
The 10 Shockers runs were the most against the Wildcats since plating 12 in a 16-inning contest in Manhattan in 2004, while the 17 hits were the second-most given up by the K-State pitching staff this season.
The Shockers were led offensively by Johnny Coy, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. Micah Green added three hits and drove in two runs, while Erik Harbutz and Dayne Parker tallied two hits apiece.
A pair of two-run frames for the Shockers in the second and third innings gave WSU a 4-0 lead, but K-State fought back with three runs over the fourth and fifth innings to pull within a run.
The Wichita State sixth began innocently against left-hander Joe Flattery, who made his first relief appearance of the season. The junior quickly retired the first two batters on a strike out and a ground out, but a Harbutz double landed on the left-field line before he was driven home by Parker to make the score 5-3.
Following a walk, Johnny Fasola came out of the bullpen to face Coy, who grounded a double down the left-field line – just inside third base – to plate two more before a Casey Gillaspie RBI singled finished off the frame. The Shockers added two more in the eighth on a balk and a Taylor Doggett RBI single.
K-State was led offensively by Jared King, who went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI to tally his team-leading 20th multi-hit game of the season. Tanner Witt and Jake Brown each added two hits, while Austin Fisher and Jon Davis carded one RBI apiece.
Wichita State reliever TJ McGreevy (2-2) earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings by working around two hits with a strikeout. K-State starter Jared Moore (2-4) suffered the loss against the Shockers for a second-straight week by surrendering four runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings of work.
The Wichita State second inning began with a leadoff base hit before King ran into Davis on a fly ball into the outfield, resulting in an error and two on with no one out. Green followed with a RBI single before Moore walked a batter, loading the bases and setting up a potential big inning.
However, Moore was able to bounce back with a double play, which scored a second run, before another ground out ended the frame and minimized the damage.
Wichita State added to its lead the next inning thanks to a pair of two-out base hits by Coy, who doubled down the left-field line, and Green, who singled to left to knock Moore out of the game and give WSU a 4-0 lead.
K-State fought to get back into the game as it scored three runs over the next two innings. King doubled to lead off the fourth and came around on a Davis single. In the fifth, Witt and Brown led off the frame with walks. Following a pitching change, Ross Kivett sacrificed both runners into scoring position before a sacrifice fly by Fisher and a two-out single by King pulled the Wildcats to within a run.
Kansas State returns home this weekend for a three-game series against Nebraska Omaha beginning with a 6:30 p.m., contest on Friday at Tointon Family Stadium. A pregame tailgate begins at 5 p.m., directly behind the stadium off College Avenue. To order tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or inside the ticket office at Bramlage Coliseum.
All three games against the Mavericks will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV and will be aired in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN. Free live audio will also be available at www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.