Kansas State Answers With Game Two Win Over Pacific

Kansas State Answers With Game Two Win Over Pacific

Manhattan, Kansas – The Pacific baseball team dropped game two of a three-game series at Kansas State, 12-1, Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium as the Wildcats posted 12 hits. Senior SS Josh Simms drove in the lone Tigers run, going one-for-three on the day.

After winning back-to-back games, Pacific fell behind early in game two against the Wildcats, as KSU 2B Ross Kivett singled, LF Tanner Witt walked and CF Jared King singled up the middle for a 1-0 lead with nobody out in the first. Pacific LHP John Haberman escaped a bases loaded jam to prevent further damage, but the Tigers hit into a pair of double plays in their first three innings.

In the bottom of the third, King and C Blair DeBord walked with one out, and after a hit batter loaded the bases, 3B Matt Giller walked to make it 2-0. RF Mike Kindel followed with a two-run single, and RHP Byrce Lombardi replaced Haberman. Lombardi allowed a sac fly by DH Jon Davis for a 5-0 KSU lead before getting out of the inning.

In the fourth, Lombardi – who entered the game having allowed neither a hit nor a run scored – was touched for two runs. Witt tripled to open the frame, and after Lombardi got a pair of outs, 1B Wade Hinkel singled through the right side. Giller singled and got into a run down, allowing Hinkel to score before the third out, giving KSU a 7-0 lead.

Pacific picked up a run in the fifth, as sophomore 2B/C Riley Drongesen was hit by pitch, took second on a long fly out to right, and trotted home on Simms' RBI single to center. Freshman CF Tyler Sullivan singled, but K-State starter LHP Joe Flattery coaxed a pop out to end the inning.

Lombardi opened the fifth and with one out walked Davis before hitting SS Jake Brown. Kivett singled to right to restore the seven-run lead. Witt provided an RBI ground out for the ninth run, and King followed with a two-run home run to right field for an 11-1 lead.

Senior RHP Jared Wagner was summoned from the bullpen to get the final out of the inning, and allowed an unearned run in the sixth. PH Brett Kauten singled, went to third on a passed ball and after a walk, the Tigers tried to turn two, but the low throw allowed Kauten to score to make it 12-1.

LHP Paul Moeller pitched a scoreless seventh, while RHP Mike Hager tossed a perfect eighth, but KSU's bullpen of RHP Matt Wivinis (2.0), LHP Caleb Wallingford (1.0) and Witt (1.0) surrendered no runs on two hits in the final four innings.

The Tigers finished with seven hits, as junior PH/DH Tyger Pederson and senior PH/LF Daniel Johnston each finished one-for-one, while sophomore DH Curtis Gomez and sophomore C Jason Taasaas each added a base hit in two at bats.
Sullivan posted two hits in three at bats for Pacific, which falls to 2-9.
Flattery (2-1) earned the win for Kansas State (4-5), going five innings, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out four.

Pacific pitchers issued eight walks in the contest. Haberman (0-2) allowed five runs on three hits, walking five with a pair of strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

The Tigers and Wildcats wrap game three on Sunday, with a 12 pm PT start, 10 am Central.