MANHATTAN, Kan. – Three Wildcats recorded multi-hit games and K-State’sbullpen continues to impress as Kansas State swept a mid-week seriesfrom BYU after a 6-3 win Tuesday at Tointon Stadium. With the win,K-State improved to 11-2 on the season, while BYU dropped to 8-5.
The Wildcat bullpen has gotten off to a remarkable start this season and
Tuesday was no different as relievers A.J. Morris, Tyler Ruch and
Daniel Edwards combined for 5.0 innings of work and allowed just one
earned run on three hits. Morris (2-0) picked up the win after 2.1
innings of work after giving up one earned run on three hits in relief
of starter Chase Bayuk. Bayuk went 4.0 innings Tuesday, surrendering
one run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Cougars got off to a hot start as Stephen Wells led off the game
with a triple to center and Collin Fanning followed with a walk. But,
Bayuk settled in and surrendered just one run on a double steal before
pitching out of the inning. K-State had scoring opportunities with
runners at second and third in the first and the bases loaded in the
second but could not capitalize.
The Cats managed to tie the game with one run in the bottom of the
fourth as Brett Scott singled and moved to third on a successful
hit-and-run by Nate Tenbrink. Derek Bunker’s sacrifice fly to right
plated Scott and tied the score.
The Wildcats then pushed across three runs in the fifth and two more in
the sixth to up the margin to 6-1. Tyler Link led off the fifth with a
single and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Byron Wiley
followed with a single to score Link and Eli Rumler then doubled down
the line in right. On Rumler’s double, BYU right fielder Collin
Fanning’s wild throw into the infield allowed Bloxom, who had reached
on a fielder’s choice, to race home and give the Cats a 3-1 lead.
Scott’s sacrifice fly then plated Rumler for a 4-1 K-State lead.
Wiley then drove in another run in the sixth after Bunker and Adam
Muenster reached on a single and error, respectively. After two
strikeouts with runners on first and third, Wiley and Munster executed
a double steal, allowing Muenster to score the sixth run of the game
BYU added two runs in the seventh inning off Morris, one of which was
earned, but Ruch came in and got an inning-ending double play to end
the threat. Ruch and Edwards, who earned his fourth save, retired the
final seven batters of the game to close out the win.
The Cougars’ Jake Wortham (2-2) suffered the loss after giving up four
runs on six hits over 4.1 innings.
Wiley, the Big 12 Conference leader in on-base percentage, went 2-for-4
with two RBI, while Link added two hits in four at-bats and Tenbrink
finished 2-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon.
Kansas State hosts North Dakota State this weekend for a three-game
series at Tointon Stadium. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m.