K-State Tops Lamar in 10 innings, 8-7

BEAUMONT, Texas – Brett Scott’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th
inning scored Byron Wiley from third and Daniel Edwards closed out the
game with three strikeouts in the bottom half as the Wildcats topped
Lamar, 8-7, Saturday at Vincent Beck Stadium.

With the win, Kansas State improved to 9-1 on the season and won its
sixth straight game, while Lamar dropped to 9-4 and lost for the first
time in eight games.

After Lamar rallied from a 7-1 deficit to tie the game at seven, K-State
answered in the top half of the extra frame as Wiley led off with a
single to right. Tyler Link then collected his third bunt base hit of
the game, a push bunt to the right side, to move Wiley to second. After
Justin Bloxom advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, Scott
followed with a sacrifice fly to center to give K-State the lead at
8-7.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Edwards (1-0) struck out the side and
retired the final batter on a 3-2 pitch with runners on first and
second. Edwards struck out six batters in 2.2 innings of relief to
notch the win.

Lamar’s Tim Erickson (1-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the
final run in the 10th inning. K-State starter Ben Hornbeck was solid
for 5.0 innings in the no decision as the sophomore struck out four and
walked none in his third start of the season.

Link led the offense with a career-high four hits, while Wiley continues
to swing a hot bat after going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two
RBI.

Both pitchers settled in nicely to start the game until the Wildcats
broke through for four runs in the top of the fourth. Eddie Vasquez led
off the frame with a hit batsman before Adam Muenster drew a walk.
Byron Wiley then laced a single up the middle to score Vasquez and
Tyler Link followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Justin Bloxom
then delivered a double to straight away center to plate two more runs
and Link later scored on a wild pitch to give K-State a 4-0 lead.

Lamar cut into the lead with one run in the bottom half of the fourth
but the Wildcats answered back with two runs in the top of the fifth to
take a 6-1 lead. Vasquez singled up the middle with one out and after a
Muenster strikeout, Wiley doubled to left center to score Vasquez. Link
then drove a single to right center to plate Wiley to give the Cats the
6-1 advantage.

After a Daniel Dellasega single upped the margin to 7-1, Lamar answered
with a four-run sixth as three hits, a balk and a sacrifice fly closed
the margin to within two at 7-5.

With the Wildcats up 7-5 in the seventh, Lamar came up with two clutch
hits with two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the
game and send it to the extra frame. Both runs that scored came after
stolen bases with two outs that moved the runners into scoring
position.

Kansas State wraps up play in Beaumont Sunday with an 11 a.m. matchup
with Cal-Santa Barbara.

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