Kansas State pitchers Joe Flattery, Nate Williams and Landon Busch combined to allow just two runs on six hits over two games, while the Wildcat offense produced 21 runs on 30 hits as K-State swept Bethune-Cookman, 12-0 and 9-2, in a Friday doubleheader at Tointon Family Stadium.
With the wins, K-State improved to 15-8 on the season and is 12-5 in its current 19-game homestand. Bethune-Cookman, a program that is in the midst of seven-straight NCAA Regional appearances, dropped to 12-13.
Flattery captured his second-career complete game in the second contest, surrendering only two ninth-inning runs.
The left-hander faced the minimum over his first seven innings pitched as double plays erased an infield single in the second inning and a hit-by-pitch in the third.
The third-inning double play began a streak of 14 straight retired batters before Matt Noble reached on a one-out error in the eighth inning.
A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Flattery finished the game with exactly 100 pitches, allowing four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Flattery also struck out five in his first-career complete game at Texas Tech on May 18 last year, while he is the second Wildcat this season to go the distance following Matt Wivinis’ performance against No. 21 Cal Poly on March 9.
“It was probably our most complete games,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “Joe did a good job keeping his focus because we left a ton of men on base in the first four innings (of the second game). He didn’t worry about that and kept doing what he is supposed to do, and that was really important for us.
“It was too bad Joe didn’t get the shutout because we were pulling for him to get it. That was a good outing for him. He wanted to finish, and he got it done.”
Williams (3-3) and Busch equaled Flattery’s performance in the first contest by combining for a two-hit shutout of Bethune-Cookman.
Williams successfully worked around two hits and five walks by setting a new career high with seven strikeouts. Busch picked up his first-career save by tossing three perfect innings to finish out the contest.
The Wildcats have now surrendered two or fewer hits in two games this season as, coupled with a one-hit shutout of Northern Colorado on March 12, it is the first time since 2006 K-State has accomplished the feat.
K-State recorded six doubles and one homer over the doubleheader as the Wildcats tallied double-digit hits in both contests, including a season-high 17 in game two.
The 17 hits were the most since carding 20 at Texas A&M on March 16 of last season and the most at home since an 18-hit contest against Hartford the week prior.
“We had very good at-bats,” Hill said. “Coach (Mike) Clement has been working hard with those guys to not press too much with men on base, put better swings on it and try to get pitches to hit in those situations.
“We’ve been talking about getting games put together where we can feel good about it. I think we should feel good about today, and hopefully some guys get some confidence going with it.”
Ross Kivett led the way with six hits on the day, tying his career high with three in each game. The junior second baseman drove in three runs in Game 2 to tie a career high, while he also pushed his season stolen-base total to 13 with one in the second game.
Kivett now has 46 steals in his career to move into a tie for ninth in school history.
Jared King led a group of three Wildcats with five-hit days as he doubled twice and hit his second home run of the year en route to seven RBIs. Like Kivett, King went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the second game, while he was 2 for 4 with four RBIs — including a two-run double — in Game 1.
Tanner Witt and RJ Santigate also produced five hits over the twin bill. Witt drove in a run on a double in Game 2 as part of a three-RBI doubleheader, while Santigate tallied RBI singles in each contest.
K-State scored multiple runs in three different innings of the first game, highlighted by a six-run seventh inning. The Wildcats sent 11 men to the plate in the frame, including Kyle Speer, who recorded a two-run single in his first appearance of the season.
K-State jumped out in front early in Game 2 with two runs in the first inning, while the Wildcats scored three in the sixth and two more in the seventh. King drove in both of the first-inning runs on a single, while Kivett tallied a two-run base hit in the sixth.
Bethune-Cookman starting pitchers Montana Durapau (3-2) and Ali Simpson (1-4) took the losses in the first and second games, respectively.
Durapau gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings, while the Wildcats scored six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings off Simpson.