May 7, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used a pair of three-run innings and solid relief pitching from Kayvon Bahramzadeh to earn an 8-5 victory over Missouri Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats tied the three-game series at 1-1 with the win as they improved to 28-19 overall and 9-13 in Big 12 play. Missouri fell to 20-27 overall and 7-12 in conference action.
K-State tallied 13 hits on the afternoon, including five between Jason and Jared King. Four of the Wildcats' hits were doubles, two of which came off the bat of Jason King.
The Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third when Dan Klein scored on a balk before Jason King doubled home a run and Jared King singled home his older brother.
The teams traded runs in the fourth inning and Missouri got two more in the fifth on a two-RBI single by Matt Champagne, cutting the Wildcat lead to 4-3. At that point, K-State lifted starter Matt Applegate and brought in Jared Moore, who promptly issued a walk to load the bases. Bahramzadeh was quickly inserted into the game and produced an inning-ending ground ball.
Bahramzadeh faced the minimum in the sixth and his effectiveness allowed the Wildcat offense to kick back into gear. The Cats scored three times in the sixth on Jason King’s second RBI double, a balk and another run-scoring single by Jared King to go up 7-3.
“The fifth inning was huge because if we give up the lead right there, I’m not sure how we were going to respond to that,” head coach Brad Hill said. “It was good because we came in and scored. We have confidence in Kayvon because he comes in and throws strikes. That’s a huge relief from a team standpoint and a coaching-staff standpoint. That’s what you have to do against these guys. You cannot fall behind in the count.”
Bahramzadeh gave up a two-out solo home run by Conner Mach in the seventh and allowed a leadoff runner in the eighth that scored after he left the game. The right-hander improved to 3-0 on the season, giving up two runs on just two hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
James Allen spelled Bahramzadeh in the eighth and surrendered two hits to bring home a run, cutting the lead to 8-5. With runners at second and third and one out, Allen forced a ground out and a fly out to get out of the inning. The right-handed relief ace struck out two batters in the ninth as he set the side down in order.
Jason King’s two doubles were a season high, improving his extra-base hit total to a team-leading 24. Jared King recorded his second multi-hit game of the series and is 5-for-8 with three RBI in two games against the Tigers.
Klein had two hits and a walk, and he came around to score three of the team’s eight runs. Ross Kivett went 2-for-4 with a RBI double in the seventh inning. Nick Martini also produced a run in the fourth when he beat out an infield single.
Missouri starting pitcher Matt Stites (3-4) was saddled with the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings. Eric Garcia and Jonah Schmidt led the Tigers with two hits apiece, including Schmidt’s fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning.
The Wildcats will be in search of their first series win over Missouri since 2004 on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium. The game will be televised throughout the region on Fox Sports Kansas City and nationally on Fox College Sports.
Tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket office by logging on to www.k-statesports.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-221-CATS. The ticket windows at Tointon Family Stadium open one hour prior to first pitch.