March 19, 2002
Homestead, Fla. -
Kansas State rallied for a run on three straight hits in the top of the ninth then took advantage of a key error in the outfield to score the winning run, as the Wildcats earned a 3-2 win over Drexel in a college baseball game played Tuesday evening at the Homestead Sports Complex.
With the win, Kansas State won its second straight game and improved to 11-7 on the season, while Drexel dropped its third in a row to fall to 6-11 overall. The Wildcats outhit the Dragons, 9-7, and took advantage of two errors.
Neither team could get a runner past second base through six innings, as the two starting pitchers combined to scatter seven hits.
Kansas State finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning, as junior designated hitter Tim Doty scored from third base on a called balk for a 1-0 lead. Doty extended his hitting streak to a team-best 11 games to lead off the inning then moved to second on an error by the pitcher and to third on a single by sophomore outfielder Brad Anzman. However, the Wildcats were unable to capitalize with runners on first and third with one out in the inning, as Drexel reliever Nic Breecher struck out the last two batters.
In the bottom of the inning, Drexel took the lead with two outs, as outfielder Ben Sniecinski singled past the first baseman then scored on first baseman Luke Sundheim's home run over the right field fence for a 2-1 lead.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Doty led off the ninth with a single then advanced to third on a double down the third base line by sophomore third baseman Ty Soto. With runners in scoring position, pinch hitter Mark Montgomery singled to shallow right field to score Doty and tie the game, while an critical error by the right fielder allowed Soto to score the game-winning run.
The Dragons led off the bottom of the inning with a double by third baseman Braden Watson, but Wildcat reliever Mitch Walter forced a fly ball and two strikeouts to end the threat and the game, 3-2.
Doty was the lone Wildcat with a multiple-hit game, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Maloney extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games to cap a 1-for-4 effort.
Catcher Rob Martine led all Dragon hitters with his 2-for-4 afternoon, while Sundheim paced both teams with two RBIs.
Junior right-handed pitcher Kevin Melcher (3-1) posted his team-leading third win of the season, as he allowed just two runs (both earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in eight innings. Walter collected his second save, as he struck out two in one inning of work. Beecher picked up the loss for Drexel, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings.
Kansas State concludes its Spring Break trip on Wednesday, March 20, as the Wildcats play nationally-ranked Rutgers at the FAU Field in Boca Raton, Fla. at 11 a.m. CST. K-State begins the 2002 Big 12 season on Friday, as it plays host to nationally-ranked Oklahoma State beginning at 3 p.m.