May 4, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Cal State-Bakersfield outscored Kansas State 10-2 over the final seven innings in wiping away an early five-run deficit to defeat the Wildcats 13-10, Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats, who dropped just their sixth home game of the season, fell to 27-18. The Roadrunners improved to 26-16 on the year while salvaging the final game of a four-game season series against the Cats.
Of the game's 23 runs, 19 were scored in the first three-and-a-half innings, including a game-changing four-run fourth by Cal State-Bakersfield. Trailing 9-6 entering the frame, the Roadrunners sent 10 men to the plate as they tallied five base hits and received a pair of walks. The biggest hit came from Martin Medina, who drove in two runs on a base hit up the middle before Oscar Sanay singled home another run. The inning was capped by a sacrifice fly to give CSUB a 10-9 advantage.
Medina was the hero for CSUB. He began as the designated hitter, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. But he made a bigger impact on the mound as he came on to pitch with no outs and a K-State run home in the second inning. The right-hander faltered at first, giving up a RBI single to Nick Martini and a two-RBI triple to Mike Kindel, but settled in and held the Cats in check.
After surrendering a solo home run to Jake Brown in the third that gave the Cats a 9-6 lead, Medina (2-2) retired nine of the next 10 batters over the next three innings. Medina, who threw 134 pitches over the final eight innings, allowed just one more run the rest of the game as he racked up nine strikeouts.
The game featured seven home runs -- including a season-high four for Kansas State -- but the Roadrunners had a solo homer and a RBI single in the sixth inning to go up 12-9 before Medina added his solo shot in the ninth.
CSUB's Sanay, Ryan McIntyre and Cael Brockmeyer collected three hits apiece. DC Legg hit a three-run homer in the third inning that jumpstarted the Roadrunner comeback.
Martini, Kindel and Ross Kivett each recorded two hits for K-State, while Kindel set a new career high with five RBI.
Freshman left-hander Blake Freeman (3-2) took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings of work. He came on for starter Justin Lindsey, who also surrendered five runs in 2.1 innings.
Kansas State put eight runs on the board in the first two innings with a trio of home runs, including back-to-back homers by Kindel and Jared King in the first to make the score 4-2. After CSUB scored a run in the second, the Cats came back with four more on a solo home run by Dan Klein, a RBI single by Martini and a two-RBI triple by Kindel to push the lead to 8-3.
The back-to-back home runs by Kindel and King marked the first time K-State accomplished the feat since Justin Bloxom and Jason King did so at Texas in 2009. Klein hit his first career home run, while Brown's was the second of his career.
Kansas State hosts a three-game Big 12 series against Missouri beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday at Tointon Family Stadium. To order tickets to the Missouri series, or any of the remaining seven home games, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office by phone at 1-800-221-CATS, online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, or by visiting the office inside Bramlage Coliseum.