MANHATTAN, Kan. – Adam Muenster tied a career high with four hits and three Kansas State pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Wildcats blanked Chicago State, 10-0, in seven innings Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. With the win, the Cats improved to 29-17 on the season, while Chicago State dropped to 3-39.
The shutout win was the fourth this season for the Cats and the first since a 12-0 win over Missouri back on April 6.
Muenster was a homer away from the cycle on Wednesday and also scored twice and drove in two runs as the redshirt freshman led the 11-hit Wildcat attack.
K-State starter Todd Vogel (3-0) picked up the win after tossing 3.0 innings and scattering three hits with one strikeout. Jason Linn relieved Vogel in the fourth and was masterful, striking out five batters in 3.0 no-hit innings. Scott Bachman struck out the side in the seventh in his lone inning of work.
Chicago State’s Chris Freshour (1-9) was saddled with the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits over 3.0 innings.
The Cats opened the scoring with one run in the first on a Jordan Cruz RBI-single before K-State added three more in the second and three in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Tyler Link added a run-scoring single and Muenster’s double plated three runs in the second, while Muenster added another RBI on a single in the third. K-State scored its other two runs on a fielder’s choice and an error.
After another Chicago State error led to an 8-0 Wildcat lead, the Cats’ ended the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh as Eddie Vasquez’s two-out double to left plated Muenster and Link to give the Wildcats the 10-0 run-rule win.
Eli Rumler also finished the game with multiple hits as the senior went 3-for-3 with a run scored.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 play this weekend as it faces in-state rival Kansas in a split series. Friday’s series opener will be in Manhattan at 6:30 p.m. before the final two games shift to Lawrence and Hoglund Ballpark. Saturday’s 3 p.m. game will be televised across the Big 12 region on Fox Sports Net, while Sunday’s finale is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
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