Cats Score Eight Early Runs En Route to 10-Run Victory
May 14, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State jumped out to an 8-0 lead through two innings and had four players with multi-RBI contests, while Matt Applegate gave the Wildcats their second-straight quality start as K-State defeated New Orleans, 12-2, Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats improved to 30-20 on the year, their 15th 30-win season in school history and the sixth in head coach Brad Hill’s eight seasons in Manhattan. The Privateers fell to 3-46.
Nick Martini and Jason King each drove in three runs, while Wade Hinkle and Jake Brown added two RBI. Just like Friday’s series opener, Kansas State scored big in the early innings, using a six-run second to blow open the contest. The frame was highlighted by a two-run triple by Brown, while Martini and Ross Kivett also drove in runs.
Applegate struck out 12 batters in seven innings of work, one shy of the career-high of 13 he set against Texas Tech on April 23. The right-hander allowed two runs on nine hits and walked only one batter. Levi Schlick fanned two Privateers in the final two innings as the Wildcats recorded their 13th double-digit strikeout game of the year.
“I thought he (Applegate) did a good job tonight,” Hill said. “He made some mistakes, but he recovered. He left some mistakes up early in the game, but got the ball back down in the zone. When you get a lead like that, they have to get a lot of hits to catch up. He kept pounding the zone.”
Kivett tied his career-high with four hits while scoring a career-best four runs. Martini had two hits for his team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the year. King, Hinkle and Klein also had two-hit games.
Kansas State hammered three triples, tying a season-high set at Pacific on February 20. King hammered his team-leading fifth triple in the eighth to drive in two runs. Kent Urban tripled down the right-field line to produce a run in the sixth and was driven home on a sacrifice fly by Martini.
The Wildcats stole six bases, including two apiece by Kivett and Martini. With four steals in the series, Martini now ranks third in school history with 58 in his career.
New Orleans starter Nolan Church (0-4) took the loss by surrendering the first eight runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. UNO's Michael Tedesco and Steffan Farrell both drove in runs as part of a two-run sixth to account for the Privateers' scoring.
Kansas State will look for a three-game sweep of New Orleans on Sunday with a 1 p.m., first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium. To purchase tickets, fans can log on to www.k-statesports.com/ticket. The ticket windows at Tointon Family Stadium open one hour prior to first pitch.