MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four Wildcats registered multi-hit games and the three-through-seven hitters in the lineup combined for 12 hits as Kansas State topped rival Kansas, 10-6, Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at Tointon Stadium. With the win, K-State improved to 21-8 on the season and 11-2 at home, while Kansas dropped to 16-18.
Byron Wiley, Nate Tenbrink and Eli Rumler each had three hits on the night, while Drew Biery added two as the Wildcats pounded out 14 hits Tuesday against Jayhawk pitching.
The Cats held on to an 8-6 lead in the eighth as Kansas mounted a rally by putting two runners on with one out, but closer Daniel Edwards then entered the game and got a fly out and a strikeout to end the Jayhawk threat. Edwards then struck out two more in the ninth to earn his Big 12-leading ninth save of the season and move his current scoreless streak to 20.0 innings, dating back to last season.
Freshman Tyler Ruch (2-0) picked up the win in relief after tossing 2.0 innings and allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts. Starter Todd Vogel went four-plus innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts before leaving the game after a leadoff double in the fifth.
Kansas’ Andres Esquibel (4-3) took the loss after giving up five runs on two hits with four walks in the first without recording a single out.
The game saw plenty of scoring in the early goings as the Jayhawks plated three runs off Vogel, two of which were unearned, with two outs in the inning. But, K-State bounced back to take a 5-3 lead after one inning as four walks and hits by Drew Biery and Nate Tenbrink led to a five-run frame for the Cats.
K-State added two more runs in the second as three straight hits by Biery, Justin Bloxom and Byron Wiley loaded the bases. Eli Rumler then drew a two-out bases loaded walk and Bloxom scored on a wild pitch to give the Cats a 7-3 lead.
Kansas managed to hang around as two runs in the third made the score 7-5, but Rob Vaughn’s one-out single to left upped the lead back to three at 8-5. The Jayhawks added a single run off Ruch in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-6, but Justin Murray managed to hold the Jayhawks off the scoreboard for 1.1 innings of relief before giving way to Edwards.
The Cats added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eight on a Rumler double and an Eddie Vasquez sacrifice fly to go up 10-6.
Biery also extended his current hitting streak to a career-best nine games on Tuesday, while Wiley has hit safely in his last five games and Bloxom his last four.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 Conference action this weekend as Missouri heads to Manhattan for a three-game series. The series will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but game times are yet to be determined.
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Courtesy: Kansas State University