Bahramzadeh leads K-State to 7-2 victory

By The Mercury

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Kansas State right-hander Kayvon Bahramzadeh pitched six strong innings and the Wildcat offense helped him out with five runs over the first three frames, as K-State defeated San Diego State 7-2 Thursday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

With the win, the Wildcats evened their record at 2-2, while the Aztecs fell to 1-4 to begin the 2012 season.

Bahramzadeh (1-0) was solid in his second appearance of the season and the first start of his senior campaign. The Tucson, Ariz., product allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work and only needed 69 pitches to do so.

The senior was perfect his first time through the order, throwing only 25 pitches in the first three innings. He allowed a leadoff walk in the fourth inning, but he continued to no-hit the Aztecs until a leadoff single in the fifth. The six innings thrown by Bahramzadeh was his longest outing since going 6 1/3 against Grambling State in the 2010 NCAA Regional.

“We really needed something good to happen for us, and it started on the mound,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “He did a great job. He cruised through the first three innings, and he showed great poise and composure when he lost his feel in the fourth and got it back.

“He pitched through some adversity in the sixth and only gave up one run. It was a great go by him and it really set the tone for us tonight.”

The Wildcats’ offense responded to its pitcher by tallying 10 hits in the ballgame, including three-hit, one-RBI games by center fielder Jared King and first baseman Wade Hinkle.

The Wildcats also recorded three two-out RBIs in the contest, each of which came in the third inning.

King led off the third with a one-out double and was singled home with two outs by Blair DeBord. Following a pair of walks, Dan Klein singled through the left side of the infield to score two more runs and break the game open for the Wildcats at 5-0.

“The two-out RBIs are big,” Hill said. “That’s what wins games. We talked about that a lot. After last weekend, we felt like we didn’t compete at the plate or have a good approach of what we were trying to do. Hopefully, those guys learn from that because that’s what really made us so productive tonight.”

DeBord got things going offensively for the Wildcats in the first inning against Aztec starter Cole Swanson (0-1) with a two-run single to left field.

Mike Kindel, who didn’t have an official at-bat in four plate appearances, pushed across another K-State run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, while King produced the final Wildcat run in the sixth on a RBI single to left field.

Swanson took the loss for SDSU as he surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in just over three innings. The Aztec hurler threw 76 pitches in the contest and exited the game after allowing a walk to begin the fourth frame.

San Diego State scored its first run of the game in the sixth inning on a Cody Smith single, while John Spirk hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.

K-State turned to a pair of freshman relievers to finish the game, as Robert Youngdahl pitched the seventh inning and into the eighth, allowing three walks, while Nate Williams gave up the solo homer and struck out one in two innings of work.

K-State was to continue play at the San Diego Tournament with a game today at noon against San Diego at Cunningham Stadium.

The Wildcats were scheduled to start right-hander Matt Applegate, while the Toreros were to counter with right-hander Calvin Drummond.

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