MANHATTAN, Kan. – Five Kansas State pitchers held No. 7 Wichita State to just five hits and Daniel Edwards went the final two innings to earn his Big 12-leading 10th save as the Wildcats knocked off the Shockers, 2-1, Tuesday night at Eck Stadium. With the win, K-State improved to 26-15 on the season, while Wichita State dropped to 34-10.
Edwards, who entered the game in the bottom of the eighth, struck out three batters and pitched out of jams in both innings in notching yet another save. The junior closer got a great defensive play from first baseman Drew Biery in the ninth as he made a diving stop of a hard grounder in the hole and flipped to Edwards for the second out of the inning. Edwards then struck out Dusty Coleman for the final out of the game.
Kansas State hung on to a 2-1 lead for much of the game as relievers Chase Bayuk, Justin Murray and Tyler Ruch combined for three no-hit innings and the Cats kept the Shockers off the scoreboard despite allowing at least one runner in each of the fifth through eighth innings.
Bayuk earned the win in relief to move to 3-4 on the year, while Wichita State starter Tyson Fugett (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up one run on three hits in 3.0 innings. Bayuk threw 2.1 solid innings of no-hit relief following starter A. J. Morris, who was solid on Tuesday scattering four hits in 4.0 innings while the lone run that scored was unearned.
K-State, which stranded 10 runners on base, got the scoring started in the third as Tyler Link led off the inning with a walk but Rob Vaughn then popped up a bunt attempt which doubled off Link at first to clear the bases with two outs. Singles by Adam Muenster and Derek Bunker put runners on the corners and Muenster came in to score the game’s first run when Shocker first baseman Danny Jackson dropped a pop up off the bat of Biery to keep the inning alive.
The Cats pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fourth as Nate Tenbrink was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Brett Scott single to right. Ruch then drove in Tenbrink with a fielder’s choice groundout that forced Scott out at second.
Wichita State got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as a leadoff single by Matt Brown got things going. Morris nearly got out of the inning after Brown stole second with nobody out, but a two-out passed ball allowed Brown to score and cut the Wildcat lead to 2-1.
Derek Bunker had the lone multi-hit game of the night for the Wildcats, going 2-for-3, while six other Wildcats recorded hits.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series at Nebraska. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:35 p.m. at Hawks Field.
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