May 17, 2011
WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas State took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the 11th inning, but a two-out, two-RBI single by Tyler Grimes in the bottom of the inning sent Wichita State to a 7-6 victory Tuesday evening at Eck Stadium.
K-State fell to 31-21 and dropped its 11th one-run game in 19 tries. The Shockers improved to 33-24 on the season and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Wildcats in the series. WSU also earned its first win at home over K-State since 2006.
Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning, K-State got a run on a RBI single by Jared King to cut the WSU lead to three. Then the Wildcats exploded for three runs in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Dan Klein began the rally with a double and he scored on consecutive bunts, the latter by Ross Kivett who reached on an error. Following a walk to Kent Urban, Nick Martini drew a free pass to score another run before Jason King hit a towering sacrifice fly to deep center field to tie the game.
Reliever Evan Marshall cruised through the seventh and eighth frames, retiring all six batters he faced. In the top of the eighth, K-State had a chance to take its first lead when Tanner Witt walked and moved to third with two outs, but a pop out by Kivett ended the scoring chance.
After James Allen and Gerardo Esquivel worked perfect ninth and 10th innings, respectively, K-State got something going in the top of the 11th against Shocker pitcher Chance Sossamon. The right-hander issued a walk to Klein, who moved to second on a passed ball. Jake Brown flew out to deep left field, allowing Klein to move to third. Kivett then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring the go-ahead run and giving the Cats their first lead of the game at 6-5.
Esquivel (0-2) struck out the first batter in the bottom of the 11th, but issued a walk and surrendered a bloop single to put runners on the corners. After another walk loaded the bases, Jared Moore came out of the Wildcat bullpen to strike out pinch hitter Dayne Parker for the second out before Grimes slapped the second pitch he saw into center field for the game-winner.
Grimes finished the game 2-for-6 with three runs driven in, including a solo homer in the first inning. Micah Green led all hitters with three hits, and Bob Arens added two hits.
Jason King went 2-for-4 with a RBI and recorded his sixth triple of the year. Kivett, who went 1-for-4, had two RBI.
Kansas State will play its final regular-season series against Kansas this weekend. The Wildcats’ home finale is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m., on Friday and will be televised on Kansas 22 and MetroSports. The series then shifts to Lawrence, Kan., for a pair of 6 p.m., games on Saturday and Sunday.